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Wednesday, February 8, 2006

Proposed Kelo "Compromise"

The Washington Post reports that the Mayor of New London has offered a compromise to four of the homeowners who are still resisting the Fort Trumbull redevelopment plan:

The mayor of New London, where a fight over government seizing property led to a controversial U.S. Supreme Court ruling, is proposing a compromise for a group of homeowners.

Under a plan presented to the City Council Monday night, four people whose homes were seized for a private development would be allowed to stay. The city would own their properties and the residents would have to pay the city to live there.

Unsurprisingly, the homeowners aren't interested:

One of the property owners who sued over the Fort Trumbull seizures, Susette Kelo, said the mayor's proposal shows that the houses and the private development can coexist. But she and another plaintiff, Michael Cristofaro, said they aren't interested in paying rent for homes they owned.

"The ongoing battle of the last eight years has not been to allow us to live in our homes and pay rent to the city of New London until we die," Kelo said.

Hat tip:  Larry Eubanks

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