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Unfinished clinic with ties to Jenny McCarthy's autism charity transferred to contractor

Lawsuit settled with property transfer: 'I think this was my best option'

ST. CHARLES – A contractor’s lawsuit over a project with ties to Jennifer McCarthy’s autism charity, Generation Rescue Inc., has been settled with the property at 157 S. Tyler Road, St. Charles, being relinquished to the contractor, documents show.

Vince Fiore, owner of J.V. Construction LLC sued The Goodfellows LLC on Sept. 8, 2017, alleging that he was owed $510,776.40 on a project to build an integrative health clinic in the city’s Tyler and 64 Business Park, records show.

“I would not call it a win necessarily for me,” Fiore said of the settlement. “I think this was my best option. … I would have liked to get the money I deserved and get all my [subcontractors] paid off and get my profit. But that is not happening. Now I have to restructure what I’m going to do with the building.”

While the terms of the settlement are confidential, a deed in lieu of foreclosure was filed with Kane County Recorder of Deeds, transferring the Tyler Road property to J.V. Construction from The Goodfellows and its agents, Samir Patel and Shannon Kenitz, records show.

Though Goodfellows was the lead agency in applying to the city to get the project approved, the name of McCarthy’s charity, Generation Rescue Inc., had also appeared on numerous documents it filed with the city of St. Charles.

Generation Rescue officials had denied any connection to the project, though actor Donnie Wahlberg's star-studded benefit concert at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles last summer raised $759,000 for Generation Rescue Inc. A press release connected to the show stated the money was to be allocated – at least in part – to build integrative health clinics in St. Charles and Missouri.

Wahlberg and McCarthy live in St. Charles.

Patel had been listed as board member of Generation Rescue, but is currently not listed as a board member, according to its website, www.generationrescue.org.

Now that the lawsuit is settled and Fiore has possession of the property, he hopes to develop it for salon suites for individual entrepreneurs.

Fiore said he has already taken out loans to pay the subcontractors who had not been paid when The Goodfellows LLC had not paid him.

“I gave them my word and they will be paid,” Fiore said. “I am relying on the same subs to start where we left off. My relationships are intact because I gave them my word I was not going to walk away from them. I was going to fight for them, and I did.”

Fiore said he redrew the building’s floor plans and can finish individual suites for diverse uses, such as massage, hair, nails, facials or botox.

“Anything in the cosmetic industry,” Fiore said. “The plan is versatile as I can build it out according to what renters’ specifications are. I’m marketing it as pre-construction.”

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