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Archive for Sunday, June 25, 2006

Tentative deal made in eminent domain fight

June 25, 2006

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— Two homeowners who had refused to leave their riverfront homes to make way for private development have reached a tentative agreement with the city of New London, Gov. M. Jodi Rell said Friday.

Officials did not release details of the deal, which came a year after the Supreme Court ruled that New London could seize the property under eminent domain.

The settlement was announced a day after a deadline for Susette Kelo and Pasquale Cristofaro to either settle or lose a chance at extra funds authorized by Rell. The deal should be wrapped up by Friday, the governor said in a statement.

Kelo, the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court case, and Cristofaro had faced the possibility of eviction from their homes to make way for a hotel, convention center and upscale condominiums.

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