WALLINGFORD — After several months of delays, the former T-Bonz Bar and Grill building has been razed to enlarge the plaza’s parking lot.
Building owner Stephen Macarelli said Thursday that the demolition project at 26 Quinnipiac St. began Monday and is expected to wrap this week.
The parking lot probably won’t be paved right away; he expects gravel to be put down first.
Although demolition work began in September, Macarelli said the remediation of 1,300 square feet of asbestos siding, contractor delays and a blight lien set back the project.
The town building inspector issued the lien March 6 against the business entity that owns the plaza, Quinnipiac Street Associates LLC, according to town records.
The lien is $100 per day — starting Dec. 21, 2018 — to secure payment for unpaid fines. A notice of violation and an intent to cite was issued Sept. 21, 2018.
Macarelli said he owes about $80,000 and plans to negotiate with the town to settle the lien.
The building, on the northwest end of the parcel, was two-and-a-half stories and approximately 4,000 gross square feet, Macarelli said. It’s costing him more than $50,000 to demolish.
The upper one-and-a-half stories were unfinished and the first floor was 2,194 square feet.
The former restaurant was built around 1900. The plaza’s original brick building, which houses Affordable Cabinets, Granite & Tile and Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties, was erected in 1890, according to town property records.
T-Bonz opened for business in 2005, but was closed within a few years. It’s been vacant since then, and had deteriorated.
Other storefront vacancies in the plaza include the former Country Yarns and Easel Works stores. Macarelli says he has a list of prospective tenants for both.
Macarelli said there are some major improvements planned for the plaza including repaving, new signs and redoing the facades.
“The future looks bright for the corner,” he said.