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Property Law Supreme Court Opinion

by Zigadto, Janet


SC20044 - Hartford v. CBV Parking Hartford, LLC (Eminent domain; "The plaintiff, the city of Hartford, exercised its power of eminent domain to take certain property owned by three defendants to advance the city's redevelopment plan that included the construction of a minor league baseball stadium in close proximity to the defendants' property. The defendants, believing that the compensation offered by the city did not account for the increased value and prospects for their property due to the planned ballpark, appealed from the statement of compensation filed by the city. The trial court sustained the appeal, increasing the amount of compensation by approximately $3 million and ordering the city to pay interest at the rate of 7.22 percent. The city appeals from that judgment, claiming that the trial court (1) improperly valued the property on the basis of an unreasonable assumption that the defendants would assemble their parcels with adjoining properties owned by the city for commercial development, and (2) exceeded its authority under General Statutes ยง 37-3c in its award of interest. We disagree with the city's first claim but agree with its second claim.")