IS KELO STILL ALIVE
NEW LONDON, Conn. -- New London officials say they will hold off on
development plans for the Fort Trumbull neighborhood until state officials
decide whether to limit eminent domain powers.
The decision comes despite a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last month that gave New
London the right to seize property for the private hotel and office project.
But the court also said states are free to ban the taking of property for
private development, and now Connecticut and other states are considering such
Michael Joplin, president of the New London Development Corp., told The Day
of New London that his agency will abide by state lawmakers' request for a
moratorium on using eminent domain for private development.
City officials said that they are in no hurry to remove the Fort Trumbull
landowners from their property. They said there is still a motion by the
property owners before the U.S. Supreme Court, asking for a rehearing.