12/23/2006

Londonderrry landowners lose eminent domain case: Boston MA Globe, 12/18/06

Three [Londonderry NH] landowners have lost their Superior Court fight against the state in an eminent domain case.

The Transportation Department took about 15 acres as part of its plan to build an access road to Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.

Rockingham County Superior Court Judge Robert Morrill rejected the challenge, then denied a request that he reconsider. He ruled taking the land by eminent domain was justified because the land would be for a public use.

Landowner Al Baldasaro called it a land grab and thievery. He and the other landowners say the state does not need their land and did not offer enough.

The state plans to use the land to make up for wetlands that will be filled for the project.

Baldasaro said he hasn't decided whether to appeal to the state Supreme Court.


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