Victory On New London’s Historic Bank Street

We’ve just won a major victory in New London.
In 2018, the Connecticut Trust worked with others to ensure that a judge blocked demolition of 2 endangered nineteenth-century commercial buildings in the Downtown New London National Register Historic District.

The owner of 130 Bank Street (built around 1828) and 116 Bank Street (built around 1788) had applied for a demolition permit. Local advocacy organization New London Landmarks mobilized the Connecticut Trust and the State Historic Preservation Office. More than 1,500 people signed a petition protesting the demolition. When efforts to convince the property owner to explore alternatives to demolition failed, advocates worked to get a referral to the State Attorney General’s Office (AG).

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Fortunately, the AG took the case on, and Assistant AG Alan Ponanski was appointed lead counsel.  He filed the complaint pursuant to the Connecticut Environmental Protection Act – the first case since the AG sued the Town of Wallingford in 2011.  We worked hand in hand with New London Landmarks, the State Historic Preservation Office, the City of New London, New London Main Street, the New London Maritime Society, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation to support the lawsuit.  Jane Montanaro, executive director of the Connecticut Trust, testified in court.

The Connecticut Trust is a trusted partner alongside national, state, and local groups.  While lawsuits are a last resort, in this case it was a necessary one.

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