Developer sues Manchester, neighbors to push ahead south Elm Street redevelopment
Oak Leaf Homes, LLC has filed suit against eight property owners and the city in Hillsborough Superior Court as it seeks sole ownership of alleys and passageways through its property between Elm and Willow streets.
Oak Leaf principal Ron Dupont has proposed a $10 million, mixed-use project on the 1.75 acre site, including a four-story building with businesses on the first floor and 100-120 apartments above.
Longtime property owners in the area say they have used the alleys that run through the land for parking, loading and other purposes for many years and Oak Leaf has no right to keep them from continuing to use the land. They claim the use is either an easement — which is the legal right to use the land of another property owner — or a public right-of-way.
Assistant City Solicitor Thomas Arnold said Monday the city has filed a notice with the court stating it has no legal interest in the case, meaning it considers the dispute competing claims by private property owners.
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