Building cleanup resolved, lot sold

By Lauri Voter - Staff Writer
Stafford - posted Thu., Jul. 28, 2011
The now-vacant lot has been sold, where the building at 31-39 Main St. stood prior to its collapse on Feb. 4. Photo by Lauri Voter.
The now-vacant lot has been sold, where the building at 31-39 Main St. stood prior to its collapse on Feb. 4. Photo by Lauri Voter.

On Feb. 4, the building known as 31-39 Main St. in Stafford Springs collapsed under weight of snow. The building was immediately condemned and demolished. The rubble was sent off to be recycled, leaving a vacant lot. At the time of the collapse, the building had recently been acquired by Apex Mortgage of Pennsylvania, due to foreclosure. 

According to Michael D. Waugh, special projects administrator for the town of Stafford Springs, the bill for the tear-down and disposal of the structure was $105,000.
“The funds were returned by Apex to the town. They were very good to work with, and as soon as they ran their insurance investigations and so forth, they refunded the town the money,” said Waugh.

Stafford lost three businesses due to the structure failure in February - La Petite France French Bakery & Café, AMC Construction and the laundromat Tiny Bubbles.

Six months later, Alexandra and Romeo Litor, owners of La Petite France say they have received several e-mails from patrons in Stafford who would like them to re-open in town. The Litors have considered re-establishing in Stafford, but have been unable to find an appropriate kitchen facility for their business.

“We still don't know what we will be doing as far as opening up again in Stafford,” said Alexandra Litor, who said that she and her husband are currently renting a kitchen facility in Somers to fulfill orders. There is no storefront at the Somers location.
However, Litor said that La Petite France is still serving the Stafford community by providing croissants, bread and pastries on Saturdays to Middle Ground Cafe, which is located on Main Street in Stafford Springs.

In addition, Stafford residents can place phone orders with the bakery by calling Alexandra Litor at 860-230-8518. The Litors still maintain their permanent location and cafe in West Hartford.

As of press time, neither AMC Construction nor Tiny Bubbles could be reached for comment about their future plans.

According to public records, on June 2, the now-vacant lot was sold to Stafford resident David Bacchiochi for $15,000.
He said, “I really don't have any plans [for it] at this time,” and declined to comment on his reasons for making the purchase.  

Send comments and story ideas to Lauri Voter at lvoter@remindernet.com.


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