A federal judge is being asked to enforce an agreement reached to settle a more than three-year-long legal battle over the demolition of a downtown Youngstown restaurant.

The owner of the property where Anthony’s on the River restaurant once stood, has filed a motion in the U.S. District Court seeking to enforce the settlement of a lawsuit filed against the city after Fire Chief Barry Finley ordered the demolition of the building in 2020.

Two Bridges sued the city after Chief Finley had the building at 15 Oak Hill Avenue torn down on August 22, 2020, after declaring it an emergency fire hazard because the roof sank in.

In 2018, Two Bridges purchased the building which had been vacant for four years.

Claiming the building was worth $150,000 before demolition, the property owners alleged in their lawsuit that the city ordinance allowing emergency demolition contains no provision for notifying owners beforehand in violation of state law and constitutional due process.

The city mailed several notices to Two Bridges in the spring and summer of 2019 advising that the building was in unacceptable condition it sent the notices directly to the vacant building. No one at Two Bridges received the notices.

The city also mailed notices directly to the property owner at two other business addresses. However, the mailings were returned by the U.S. Postal Services unclaimed.

Earlier last year, an appellate court denied Youngstown’s challenge to a lower court’s findings that the city wasn't immune from the lawsuit under state law.

The property owners sought damages, attorney fees, and a declaration that the terms of Youngstown’s emergency demolition ordinance were unconstitutional.

In mid-December, court documents showed that a draft agreement had been reached through mediation between the city and property owners Two Bridges LLC.

Representing Two Bridges, Attorney Charles Dunlap filed a motion claiming the city has failed to respond to the owner’s request for a signed agreement and a check in the amount of the settlement.

Claiming the settlement is two months late, the property owners want Judge Benita Pearson to order the city to make the payment, as well as pay for legal fees.

Judge Pearson has scheduled an April 4 court hearing to discuss the motion.