300 Post Road West. / Photos by Thane Grauel
300 Post Road West / Photos by Thane Grauel

By Thane Grauel

WESTPORT — The owners of 300 Post Road West have filed a lawsuit challenging the town’s tax assessments for 2022 and 2023.

Centurian Holdings 1, Inc., of Atlanta, has filed a lawsuit in Stamford Superior Court.

The offices at 300 Post Road West now house some operations of the Hartford Healthcare System. The building is roughly across from Birchwood Country Club and the intersection with Kings Highway South.

The complaint does not mention specific numbers but says the Westport Assessor’s assessments “are not 70 percent of the true or actual fair market value of said property but is excessive, disproportionate and unlawful.”

The complaint also states that the property owner applied for, under a state statute, real property tax exemptions, but was denied by the town’s Board of Assessment Appeals “on or about March 20, 2024.”

“Upon information and belief, the BAA has not notified Plaintiff of its decision,” it states.

The Board of Assessment Appeals doesn’t have a lot of information about its activities on the town’s website, but the minutes for its March 20 meeting state, for an agenda item regarding 300 Post Road West, “The Board has voted unanimously not to change the assessment of this property. This is the ruling of the Board.”

The suit seeks “the assessments to the 2022 Grand List and 2023 Grand List be declared null and void and of no effect; that said assessments be reduced to account for the improperly denied exemption; that any penalty already issued or to be issued be abated; costs; and for such other legal equitable relief to which Plaintiff may be entitled.”

Town land records state the property is valued at $5,816,300.

The town’s law firm, Bercham Moses, has filed an appearance in the case, but has not yet responded to the complaint’s allegations. No court dates are yet set.

Another Post Road office complex recently challenged its assessments. The owner of 1 Morningside Drive North, a complex at Morningside Drive North and Post Road East, NO Real Estate LLC, filed its suit May 15.

The four-page complaint states the town’s assessor has overvalued property, and improperly applied a 10 percent penalty to the 2022 Annual Income and Expense Report.

Thane Grauel grew up in Westport and has been a journalist in Fairfield County and beyond for 36 years. Reach him at editor@westportjournal.com. Learn more about us here.