Fort Trumbull Area


Fort Trumbull Area


The eastern corner of New London comprises a peninsula commonly referred to as the Fort Trumbell area. This peninsula became extremely relevant to the history of the United States as a whole in 2005 with the ruling of the Supreme Court in Kelo v. New London. The ruling determined that the "public use" provision of the "takings clause" of the 5th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution permits the use of eminent domain for economic development purposes that provide a public benefit. A private owner demolished 15 residential homes in line with a "comprehensive redevelopment plan" implemented by the city. However, after financial struggles he abandoned the site and it remains empty today in 2019.


Caitlin Teare


Caitlin Teare

Collection Items

Protesters support women arrested at Fort Trumbull
newspaper clipping from an article from The Day

Early History of Fort Trumbull
Document relaying early history of Fort Trumbull

A Tour of Historic Fort Trumbull
Pamphlet detailing historic time periods of the fort area

Gov. Rell still trying to forge a settlement in Fort Trumbull
newspaper clipping from article from The Day

Fort Trumbull state deadline runs out today
newspaper clipping of article from the Day

A key time to settle
newspaper clipping of article from the Day

Raising New London to 'Pfizer Power'
Claire Gaudiani, the president of Connecticut College at that time, was named head of a nonprofit, the New London Development Corporation (NLDC). The NLDC was revived in order to assist the city in development planning. She persuaded Pfizer, Inc.,…

Fort Trumbull Development Plan
Overtime, the plan grew to include the redevelopment of 90 acres adjoining the Pfizer facility with condos, a conference center, offices, and a hotel.
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