State: No record of company that purchased train depot

State: No record of company that purchased train depot

PAWTUCKET - State officials say there is no record of the company that purchased the historic rail depot behind CVS on the Pawtucket/Central Falls line.

The 99-year-old Pawtucket-Central Falls Railroad Station was purchased at tax sale by Broad Investments LLC, and not Broad Street Investments LLC, as previously stated by city officials and reported by The Breeze on Sept. 24.

Broad Investments LLC is nowhere to be found in the state's online corporate database, and representatives for Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis said there was no record of the company.

A member of Pawtucket's tax assessor's office said there is no name listed as a contact for Broad Investments LLC. The only identifying items other than the name on city documents are an address, P.O. Box 6003 in Warwick, and a phone number. That box is also used by a number of other business names. Tax collector Shaun Strobel said the only other thing officials were provided with was a phone number. The number, listed as a North Kingstown number, is no longer in service.

The Breeze previously reported that Broad Street Investments LLC, with Providence dentist Carmen Sanchez listed as the manager, had purchased the depot property off Broad Street and Barton Street. But a representative for the office said Broad Street Investments had nothing to do with the sale.

Representatives from the Iglesia Pentecostal Nueva Vida En Cristo, which purchased the depot two years ago, are still technically the official owners of the train depot, which spans active train tracks, and must pay for any repairs that might be ordered on the station.

Officials say that representatives for Broad Investments LLC could decide after a year that they don't want to keep the depot and return it to the church.

Former owner Oscar "Ike" Seelbinder sold the depot for $1 to the church in December of 2012. There is still plenty of mystery surrounding why the church purchased the structure, as city officials say they have not been given any information on motives.

Seelbinder was originally blocked in his efforts to develop the property by a vocal group of residents and historical preservationists who wanted the structure restored and not torn down. The cost of restoring the station is estimated to be in the millions of dollars.

Seelbinder originally purchased the station from the family of City Councilor Albert Vitali Jr. The Vitali family previously ran a flea market in the building and the Iglesia Pentecostal Nueva Vida En Cristo held services there on Sundays.

The depot was targeted for a possible modern commuter rail stop, but planners scrapped that idea after they realized that there was too much of a curve in the train tracks to accommodate a modern station.

State and local officials conduct regular inspections of the station to ensure that it is not in danger of collapsing on passing trains. The structure was deemed a "threat to the public" back in 2011, forcing work to be done to remove crumbling pieces of the structure's facade.

Comments

Pawtucket/Central Falls. Land of missed opportunities and broken dreams.

O Lord send revival to this dry and thirsty land.

How to pull the wool over the city's eyes. If there was an inkling of professionalism in the City of Pawtucket's government, "we MIGHT be a winner."

The train station property had 27,826.40 due in taxes; surely they must have paid by check, not in cash, on August 12. Did anyone check whose check it was?

Also on August 12, Broad Investments, LLC apparently purchased 200 Conant Street (old Conant Mill) as well; it had 11,239.56 due. Another check for another building haunted by its past?

It probably constitutes fraud for someone to falsely represent himself as an LLC, maybe even identity theft if it were determined that the name duplicitously resembled another real-life LLC. And to misrepresent oneself to a government official is a double no-no; has this been brought to the attention of the state's Attorney General, frequently seen at the city's parades and art festival events?