The 22-year-old coffee shop is set to close after several months of legal battles with the Quincy developer. No date has been announced.

QUINCY — A major Quincy developer has settled an ongoing legal dispute with Coffee Break Cafe, the last holdout of several businesses forced to vacate a building on Parkingway in Quincy Center. The settlement amount has not been disclosed.

"We have reached a satisfactory agreement," Marjorie Adams, attorney for Coffee Break, said Friday. 

Adams said there is not yet an official closing date for Coffee Break.

The small business has been in a legal battle for several months with FoxRock Properties, the Quincy-based company that owns its building at 77 Parkingway and much of the city's downtown property. In December, FoxRock ordered Coffee Break to vacate the building by Feb. 1, but the small businesses said they should have been given at least four months notice under Massachusetts law. The state says any businesses forced to move because of urban renewal efforts is entitled to four months of advance notice and "relocation assistance."

Lawsuits were filed by both parties in Quincy District Court.

FoxRock argued that because Coffee Break Cafe was a tenant at will — meaning there was no long-term lease agreement in place — it was only required to give the business 30 days notice to vacate.

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But Coffee Break Cafe said the matter should fall under the state law because Quincy identified the Parkingway building in its Urban Revitalization District Plan, court documents show. The revitalization district plan refers to a FoxRock project that would demolish the Parkingway building to make room for retail and commercial space, residential units and a hotel.

The city also took a portion of the building by eminent domain and demolished it to build the new Generals Bridge and Cliveden Street extension, which will provide direct access into downtown Quincy.

Coffee Break is the last holdout in the building and several other businesses, including Lisa’s Dance Studio, Revel Bar and Lounge and Lovely Pets Aquarium, have already closed or relocated with the help of FoxRock. Neither Coffee Break nor FoxRock would comment on the terms of the out-of-court settlement, which was reached this week.

Coffee Break's is a familiar story in downtown Quincy, which is in the midst of a massive transformation. Up and down Hancock Street, businesses have been driven out as smaller buildings have been bulldozed in favor of taller, sleeker construction for the last several years.

Adams said she has represented several businesses downtown whose owners feel the city has mishandled the eviction of local tenants. She said the state's urban renewal statute dictates city and town governments handle relocation of businesses, but that in Quincy it has been a piecemeal approach and private landlords have been left to deal with it themselves.

The city worked with a few Cottage Avenue businesses several years ago after Quincy took their building by eminent domain and razed it for the Generals Bridge project, but Adams said virtually every other business forced out by downtown projects has been left to handle the move individually with private landlords.

"The case-by-case basis in which the tenants are having to deal with their individual, private landlords instead of a city-handled relocation plan isn't in the spirit of the urban renewal statute," she said.

Chris Walker, chief of staff to Mayor Thomas Koch, said the city discussed the Parkingway matter with FoxRock and decided relocation would be handled by the developer.

"In (the case of Coffee Break), it was determined that it would be a private settlement agreement," he said Friday. "The city had no urban renewable input per se in that particular matter. Regardless of the tenant, our guiding principle is that everyone is treated fairly, and we hope that was the case."

FoxRock paid $5.3 million in 2018 for 7R-93 Parkingway and the adjacent parking lot at 95-109 Parkingway. Walker said the Parkingway building has been slated for demolition for at least 12 years, since the city's master plan was released.

Jenn and Donny Ormond have owned Coffee Break Cafe, a popular coffee and pastry shop, since the late 1990s. There are four locations in the region — two in Quincy, one in Milton and one in Hyde Park. The Quincy Center location was the second for the business and opened in 1998.

“Coffee Break Cafe has been a great asset to Quincy Center, and we wish them continued growth and success at their Franklin St. location," Mark Carroll of FoxRock Properties said in a statement.

Reach Mary Whitfill at mwhitfill@patriotledger.com.