New London city council nixes move of eminent domain homes: WTNH-TV8 (New Haven CT), 4/3/06

A new push to save some New London homes from eminent domain. has fallen short.

Fort Trumbull homeowners desperate for a solution stood by as the city council put it to a vote.

For the past five or six years people in one New London neighborhood have been fighting to get their homes back after they were taken by eminent domain by the city.

There was a glimmer of hope at tonight's city council meeting as a proposal to move the homes to an unused lot in the Fort Trumbull area was put on the table. The proposal would also give the resident's the titles back.

That proposal was defeated by a vote of 5 to 2.

Councilman William Cornish says,"I am disappointed. I think the city council is out of whack with the community. All the people I talked to said give them their homes back and not to keep going the way we are doing it."

Susette Kelo says, "I am not surprised. Right now I am waiting for the Governor's word on it. She supported us in June and then again in September."

The city will continue to negotiate with the people to get them out of the homes. The deadline is May 31, 2006.

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