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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Fort Trumbull residents served with eviction papers

Well, the next (or last) chapter in the eminent domain battle has started as the residents in the New London Fort Trumbull district were served with eviction papers on Monday and Tuesday.

From The Hartford Courant
Residents of New London's Fort Trumbull peninsula have been served with orders to move out by mid-December, signaling the end of the line for the diehards who narrowly lost their eminent domain battle before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The letters from the New London Development Corp. stirred a tempest of emotions and a crossfire of recriminations between lawyers for the seven homeowners and officials of the NLDC, with each side accusing the other of lying.

Meanwhile the homeowners, who lost their court battle but won national recognition for their cause, have vowed to keep up the fight.

"They are going to have to pull my cold fingers from that house before they take it," Michael Cristofaro said of the Goshen Street home owned by his elderly father, Pasquale. "We're not going to give it up unless the legislature says that nothing else can be done."

But the homeowners have exhausted their legal remedies and have little left in their arsenal but the strength of their convictions.

[...]

"It's time to move forward for the benefit of all the citizens of New London and begin the transformation of the Fort Trumbull area," NLDC President Michael Joplin said. "New London taxpayers have waited patiently to receive the significant public, economic and environmental benefits of this long-overdue development project."
I can't imagine how it feels to be kicked out of your home like this but at this point, I don't know what else the residents in Fort Trumbull can do legally.

It's a horrible situation...