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Ridgefield, CT

Ridgefield, CT: (Apr-26-07) Eureka V, owner of a 155-acre southern parcel of the Bennetts Pond property, brought charges against the town over the Planning and Zoning Commission's change in regulations. Eureka wanted to build 345 townhouse units on the property and a 100,000-square-foot corporate office complex. Eureka claimed that Planning and Zoning purposely changed the corporate development district zone, deleting planned residential use in the zone, to keep Eureka from developing the Bennetts Pond parcel. Eureka made a settlement agreement with Ridgefield's selectme, ending Eureka's federal court case against the town. In 2000, Ridgefield residents voted to take the northern 458-acre parcel and the southern 155-acre parcel of the Bennetts Pond property by eminent domain. The northern parcel was successfully taken, with the town paying Eureka $12.2 million. The town retrieved more than $4 million by selling that parcel to the state Department of Environmental Protection for a park. [NEWS TIMES LIVE: PROPERTY ZONING]

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Published on May-3-07


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