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The Pat answer

Posted by Ralph Ranalli May 10, 2007 08:25 AM

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Pat Hannon and his wife Elizabeth in front of their Rogers Street home.
(Globe staff photo by Bill Polo)

NEWTON

It didn't take a genius to figure that controversial Crystal Lake property owner Pat Hannon wasn't going to go quietly. It's just not his style.

On Monday night, the city's aldermen approved the taking of Hannon's one-acre property by eminent domain for public recreational use. The aldermen also approved the use of $2.3 million in Community Preservation Act funds to pay Hannon off.

The response? The ever-combative Hannon immediately threatened to sue the city. “Now they’re going to have to evict me,” he said.

Hannon claims the city got a “bogus” appraisal on the land, which has a house and garage partially destroyed by fire. While not living on the property, Hannon now says he intends to “occupy” it. Hannon also said the city is “going to have to get me off the property first” before fixing a wall officials deem unsafe. The wall stands on his property in back of an extension of the public beach owned jointly by Hannon and the city.

To take ownership, the city has to file with the Middlesex Registry of Deeds. Even if the taking succeeds, officials said it would take time to fix the property for public use.

-- Connie Paige

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