Realtor: Sale of Williamsbrige Road property was fraudulent

The owner of Exit Realty Group has shared closing documents for the sale of 2500 Williamsbridge Road to prove that the agency unknowingly sold the property to Carnegie Hill Institute

News 12 Staff

Mar 13, 2020, 2:16 AM

Updated 1,534 days ago

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The owner of Exit Realty Group has shared closing documents for the sale of 2500 Williamsbridge Road to prove that the agency unknowingly sold the property to Carnegie Hill Institute -- a company that runs drug treatment centers.
The closing statement provided lists "WBRD LLC" as the buyer, but according to public records, the property belongs to "CHI Bronx LLC."
"We were made believe that WBRD LLC. bought this property ... the documents were either shredded or the documents are still in somebody's hands and new documents were drawn once we were gone," said owner Sonny Vataj.
Vataj says Carnegie Hill actually offered the $1 million asking price last May when the property first went on the market. However, he says after the outrage over what could come to the community, the seller rejected that offer. Instead, he says they accepted $925,000 when WBRD seemingly made an offer months later.
When News 12 reached out to the attorney who represented the buyer during the sale, she had no comment. Carnegie Hill Institute also had no comment.
Community activists are unhappy with the possibility of a treatment facility less than a block away from a school. They say they are not discounting Vataj's claims, but they are asking the real estate agency to do more.
"I think we definitely do need an investigation, that's for sure," said a volunteer at Friends of Pelham Parkway, Roxanne Delgado.
The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports tells News 12 it has not received any application to offer treatment services at 2500 Williamsbridge Road.


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