STEVENSVILLE – Berrien County documents show that the Glenlord Restaurant & Pizzeria property in Santaniello was transferred to United Federal Credit Union.
The agreement is a deed in lieu of foreclosure, dated April 26, and makes United the legal owner of the property at 2262 W. Glenlord Road. An act in lieu of foreclosure voluntarily transfers title to a property to the lender to release the lender from the mortgage.
In an email to the Herald-Palladium, a United spokeswoman said: “United is working with a local estate agent and expects the property to go on sale within the next two weeks.”
The transfer comes after the restaurant’s co-owner, Raffaele Santaniello, was charged with multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct involving three former employees.
The HP obtained the ownership agreement documents from the Berrien County Deeds Registry Office on Thursday. The online copy listed on the county’s website is redacted.
The Lincoln Township property went up for sale in February, selling for $890,000. The 10,000 square foot restaurant and a 2,000 square foot residential building on the land were included in the sale.
Santaniello was charged with one count of third degree criminal sexual conduct, six counts of fourth degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of kidnapping. Berrien County Trial Court Judge Angela Pasula is overseeing the case.
A week ago, Pasula delayed her decision whether to move Santaniello’s case forward because the court transcripts had been received later than expected.