Court rules Bridgeport can take Steel Point by eminent domain: WTNH-TV (New Haven CT), 5/17/06

A Superior Court judge has rejected an attempt by United Illuminating to block the city of Bridgeport's plans to take the power company's Steel Point property by eminent domain.

Judge Richard Gilardi says the city has met all its legal requirements to take the 11-acres for an economic development project.

But the judge says he will wait to issue the city a certificate of taking, pending a decision on the takeover by the state Department of Public Utility Control.

The company and the city told state regulators yesterday they will need several weeks to resolve a dispute over the price of the parcel and cleanup costs.

The city plans to put apartments, shopping a hotel and a marina on the land.

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