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West Haven officials may take action to develop outlet mall

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Eminent domain is likely in West Haven outlet project. (WFSB) Eminent domain is likely in West Haven outlet project. (WFSB)
WEST HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

West Haven officials said they may take action to ensure the development of an upscale outlet mall.

For nearly 18 years, customers have been visiting Sheik Hossain's S and S Mini Mart.

However, Hossain may soon be forced out by the city.

Hossain's property is part of what is expected to become an upscale outlet mall called The Haven.

Because Hussein and three other property owners have not yet reached a deal with the developer, the city may take action into their own hands.

City officials may use eminent domain, which is when government officials seize private property for public use.

Hossain said he's willing to fight the decision if it comes to that.

"If we have to go to court, we'll go to court and let's see how far we can get," said Hossain.

Joe Riccio, commissioner of Planning and Development, said months of negotiations have led nowhere and officials are getting fed up with waiting.

"I think we're at that point. We met with them for the third time officially on Monday, still did not accept out offer," said Riccio.

He said the offers were fair.

"We made them offers based upon the law, $125 percent of appraised value," said Riccio.

He said the eminent domain is a last resort.

"The holdouts and the development can talk any time, they don't need us. In fact, we don't want to be part of it, but we've told them and they understand that we're making out way towards the court system and filing the necessary papers and get this resolved," said Riccio.

Hossain said he's still open to negotiate.

"Anytime they want to come, the city, the developer wants to come and negotiate, they can negotiate. We are ready," said Hossain.

City officials said the fact that it's moving towards eminent domain may be seen as a motivating factor to settle on a negotiation and get something done.

The Haven is scheduled to open in 2018.

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