- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - The city of Hartford is suing a group of homeowners, demanding an end to a living arrangement among eight adults and three children in the city’s wealthiest neighborhood.

The residents are violating zoning laws limiting the number of unrelated residents to two people for single-family homes, city officials say.

Last October, the city gave the two listed property owners 30 days “to remove the additional families and restore the legal single family use.” The Zoning Board of Appeals upheld the order Feb. 17.

In its lawsuit filed in Hartford Superior Court, the city said the residents are disregarding the Zoning Board of Appeals decision, The Hartford Courant reports (https://cour.at/1N6Nnut ).

“The time for compliance has passed,” the lawsuit said.

The lawsuit names two residents listed as the property owners. They live in the nine-bedroom brick home with six other adults and three children in a group that considers itself a family who shares expenses, chores and ownership of the house.

Hartford’s zoning regulations define members of a family as those related by blood, marriage, civil union or legal adoption.

Peter Goselin, a lawyer who represents the residents, said the city’s move is “very distressing.”

His clients will seek a temporary injunction from a federal judge to postpone an assessment of penalties until after they take their case to court. The group, which includes Hartford educators and a co-founder of a theater company, plans to argue that the city’s definition of family violates their constitutional rights.

“They reached out to the neighbors, they went to the Zoning Board of Appeals, they talked to city officials,” Goselin said. “And throughout that process, the goal has been: How do we get this fixed so we can live in our house and raise our family?”

Supporters have raised nearly $4,000 in online donations this month to help with legal fees and a petition calling on Mayor Pedro Segarra to find a compromise has gained more than 1,000 signatures in the past several days.

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Information from: Hartford Courant, https://www.courant.com


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