Hartford drops zoning lawsuit against Scarborough 11

The tenants of the Scarborough Street home. (Family photo)

The city of Hartford is dropping a lawsuit against the “Scarborough 11.”

The two-year dispute against a group of eight adults and three children is coming to a close. The group purchased a home on Scarborough Street in Hartford together, but were told to move out.

The story made national headlines after the city said they were in violation of a zoning code, failing to meet the definition of “family.”

The city released a statement on Thursday saying "The Administrative, Federal Court and now Connecticut Superior Court actions have involved hundreds of hours of time and tens of thousands of dollars in attorney fees and court costs, and the City has made the determination that continuing to pursue an enforcement action against this household is not the best use of the City's time or resources at this time. We concede that the issues in this case have engendered hard feelings between the residents of 68 Scarborough and their neighbors, not to mention notoriety. It is our hope that we can find a way forward, but to further litigate this matter will only increase costs and divert us from some of the critical matters on which the City must focus."

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