The City of Rockford says the owner of the dilapidated Essex Wire property on N. Main Street tried to sell it in the midst of a court battle.
The City is suing owner Paul Bennett, of A.W. Bennett, for failing to demolish and clean up the site after multiple chances to do so.
At a court hearing on Thursday, city attorneys learned that Bennett was trying to transfer the property to a new owner to avoid paying a $200,000 fine.
The attorneys filed a motion to prevent that from happening. The motion was granted by a judge.
The move stops Bennett from being able to sell the property for less than $200,000.
Bennett and his company are still on the hook for that fine.