The last two holdouts in New London's Fort Trumbull neighborhood agreed Friday to give up their land to make way for private development, ending an eight-year battle that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Susette Kelo, the lead plaintiff in the case, agreed to have her pink cottage moved elsewhere in New London.
Pasquale Cristofaro, the other holdout, has agreed to give up his home but is entitled to purchase a new one in the neighborhood at a fixed price if new homes are built. He also has the option to build on the Fort Trumbull peninsula, as long as whatever he builds complies with a plan of development.
Cristofaro credited Gov. M. Jodi Rell and state Department of Economic and Community Development Deputy Commissioner Ron Angelo with getting involved in the negotiations, treating the homeowners with compassion and understanding that small concessions were important.(AP)
This fight started when I was a college student in New London. That was back when people really believed the NLDC, headed by my college president, could save the city.
I hope that whatever New London puts up there is worth it.
And I also hope that the General Assembly pushes for changes in our eminent domain laws during the 2007 session. The governor did well in these negotiations, and I hope she'll address eminent domain during the campaign.
"Final two holdouts in eminent domain case reach agreement." Associated Press 20 June, 2006.