Bridgewater: State rep. sues town

A state representative from Bridgewater says he’s suing the town, not as a politician, but as a land developer.

Republican Angelo D’Emilia claims Bridgewater broke state law when it moved to buy more than 140 acres of land off Cherry St. that he planned to develop.

D’Emilia signed a $3.5 million purchase-and-sale agreement last summer, and he already has permits for a subdivision.

The town had the legal right of first refusal, and one day before the deadline for a decision last fall, decided to buy the parcel, leading D’Emilia to cry foul.

The town and the trust that owns the land agreed to postpone the closing until March 19th rather than go after an injunction in court, hoping for a meeting of the minds.

D’Emilia argues Bridgewater was given several extensions on the land purchase, and didn’t meet the dead-lines.

He wants a judge to order the trustees to follow through with the deal they made with him.

A court date on the issue is set for next Monday in Brockton Superior Court.

About Garo Hagopian

Garo Hagopian has been a member of the WATD family as a weekend news anchor since 2008, and has been a writer-producer-editor at WBZ in Boston since 1996.