He said he sold the land to the used-car dealer because he was looking to downsize and he wanted to help a fellow business owner.
"Given the economic times, I can't just sit by and watch someone lose his business," said Carlton.
DiCresce said that while under pressure from the town to move in order to make way for the home improvement store, he was called a "hero" by town officials.
"They actually called me a hero and promised me they would help me work through zoning. This is what I was lead to believe so I went ahead and bought this property," said DiCresce.
He also said that before closing his original location, where construction of Lowe's has since begun, he had to sell off his entire inventory because he was unsure of the future. He said he sold cars below their value, resulting in what he says is about $20,000 in losses.
Meanwhile, the town has cited DiCresce for not only violating zoning laws but also for having unregistered vehicles on the property, a metal carport, and paving the parking lot and putting up a sign without a permit.
Lowe's officials paid landowner Raymond Piotrowski $3.1 million for the Freemans Bridge Road site after almost two years of studies and planning issues.
Town Planner Kevin Corcoran said Monday, Nov. 10, that ground has been broken, and Lowe's plans to open for business next fall.""