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September 14, 2015

Judge dismisses Hartford condo owners’ iQuilt appeal A rendering of the realignment of Gold Street in downtown Hartford.

A legal appeal from condo owners that has delayed the city’s walkable-downtown plan, iQuilt, was dismissed Friday.

The Bushnell Tower Condominium Association sued Hartford’s Planning and Zoning Commission in March, seeking to overturn the commission’s February approval of the realignment of Gold Street.

The realignment would put the road closer to the condo tower, taking up city-owned land that is currently a lawn.

The association alleged in its appeal that the P&Z commission didn’t provide adequate notice of its process and decision.

But Judge Marshall K. Berger said the association waived its right to notice when their vice president appeared and spoke at the P&Z’s public hearing in February.

He also struck down an allegation that the realignment would destroy the architectural and historic context of Center Church, because its front entrance would no longer directly front Gold Street. The church is on the National Register of Historic Places, but the judge said there was no evidence the church would be destroyed by the realignment, his ruling says.

iQuilt aims to build to build a 20-foot-wide green promenade from Union Station to Main Street.


Read the judge's iQuilt ruling

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