New London politicians have finally found a “public use” for the land where Susette Kelo and her neighbors’ homes once stood. The city has now designated the swath of land a lot suitable for storm debris.
More than six years after the New London Development Corporation bulldozed the Fort Trumbull neighborhood to clear the way for private development, the land remains a barren wasteland. Most recently, the land was being used by feral cats and several bird species as nesting grounds.
New London politicians were convinced that someone else could make better use of the land than the Fort Trumbull residents. Despite seizing these waterfront homes in 2005 for “economic development” purposes, New London has yet to attract a private developer to build the luxury condos and commercial spaces they wanted instead of the close-knit community that lived there. Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer even closed the local production plant central to development plans put forth by the city.
Unfortunately, this is not an uncommon outcome of eminent domain abuse. The Institute for Justice has documented some of the worst redevelopment failures in Redevelopment Wrecks, available here on our website.