Just a few days later, on February 5th, Bob Doyle and his neighbor on the other side of the garages, Steve D'Amato, met with Curtis Mueller, and Curtis consented to sell his purchase and sale agreement for the garages to Bob Doyle. The purchase and sale agreement was for a 7003 sg.ft. parcel that was the result of merging the original McNamara and Hovey lots. It did not include a mysterious strip of land (shown in red below), approx 50'x7', that was originally part of Ella Shea's (Now Nicholas Kilmer's) lot. Kilmer explored claiming the land, for which taxes had not been paid to the city for over 50 years. But his attorney showed that Joe DeLeo had closed it off with "no trespassing" signs for decades, and suggested that it could most likely be claimed by the DeLeos (or the current buyer).77 Huron AvenueDear Neighbors and Friends, My wife Holly and I would like your support in requesting that a condominium developer back out of his purchase and sales agreement with Marie DeLeo and allow me to buy the property at 67-73 Huron Avenue in order to maintain it as garages. Marie DeLeo did not realize in December that there was an understanding for many years that I wanted to buy the garages. I made several specific offers to her late husband Joseph DeLeo, starting in the 1980's, but Joe preferred to keep the garages. He loved to work on them. I often supplied him with electricity, with the red paint I used, so the three garages near me matched the white and red of our house. I rebuilt the gutters on my side of the garages, installed electric overhead doors on my garage and my daughter-in-law's garage. And most recently, I spent a lot of time renovating a wide garage for my son Rob. Since Joe died I have been painting the garages next to me, rebuilding their wood frames, remortaring falling pieces of the facade, etc. All this Joe’s son Kevin DeLeo knew. He said the garages were not likely to be sold until some future time when they might be inherited by himself and his brothers. He was caught by surprise when his mother decided suddenly to sell the property to Curtis Mueller, son of Peter Mueller, a long-time renter of one of the garages. Kevin tried to reach me when he heard what his mother was doing, but I was out of touch and the sale went through, with a closing pending this coming February 15. The sale is dependent on Curtis getting financing, and if he does not, the DeLeos say they will sell the property to me. Holly and I recently met with Marie. Kevin and his mother agree that they would prefer to sell the property to me, especially since it would not precipitously disrupt the lives of so many of Joe's old friends here who have been renting their garages for years. And it would not put a lot more cars out to park on our already crowded streets. Curtis says he would use the same builders as those in the recently completed development of 54 Winslow Street, which now has two new 3-story houses, next to the old duplex house refurbished as condos. Kevin consulted his family lawyer and they agree that I should approach Curtis with a request that he withdraw his offer. I know this will be a disappointment to Curtis, but hope that he will agree it will be a much greater disappointment for so many of us on Huron Avenue who would be his future neighbors should he build here. I am proposing to offer Curtis a return of his escrowed deposit (plus interest), compensation for all his incidental expenses realized during the transaction, any legal fees, appraisal fees, and any designer costs, including his preliminary plans for the three condominums. These are all the costs that a court would likely order to be paid in the event the seller wanted to break the contract. The DeLeos do not want to break a contract. Holly and I do not want to involve the court, and we want to avoid unnecessary legal expenses. We will offer an additional amount to be negotiated with Curtis, so that he will not only recover all his costs but make a profit for his time and energy invested these last several weeks. If you are interested in helping us, we might ask you to write to Curtis, or at a minimum, allow us to add your name to our voices requesting that there be no change in the garages. I hope to meet with Curtis very soon to make my proposal, and will at that time get his (and perhaps his father Peter's) email address. Thanks very much in advance for your help. Bob and Holly Doyle firstname.lastname@example.org, 617-876-5678 P.S., Holly and I met with Marie a few days ago and gave her the following snapshots of the garages showing the work we have done on them.
February 2, 2012