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11 people living in Hartford home is topic of Monday night meeting

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The tenants of the Scarborough Street home. (Family photo) The tenants of the Scarborough Street home. (Family photo)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Hartford officials may be closer to allowing the “Scarborough 11” to continue living under one roof.

The city has tried to evict the 11 people who live together in a mansion on Scarborough Street, who are not blood related.

On Monday night, Hartford City Council members are proposing a compromise that might end the legal battle.

The home is a historic 9-bedroom mansion in Hartford’s west end neighborhood.

The residents are made up of eight adults and three children, and although they are not blood related, they consider themselves a family.

So far, the city has disagreed with the living arrangement, but that could change.

After some neighbors caught wind of the group's unconventional living situation, the city stepped in and tried to evict the “Scarborough 11” under the grounds that the area is zoned for single families. 

The group argues they are a modern family who share everything and had refused to leave. 

The dispute has been working its way through the legal system but now two Hartford city council members, David McDonald and Larry Deutsch, are proposing a law that would relax the definition of the term “family” in the legal sense. 

“We don't want to ruin the tax base of the city, we want residents occupying those homes rather than have them empty which is the worst thing,” Deutsch said.

Member of the “Scarborough 11” Julia Rosenblatt said “We are a family. We are a large family but we function that way every day and we deserve to be let to live that way.”

A meeting to discuss the issue will be held at city hall at 7 p.m.

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