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Stamford Wins Battle To Shut Down Rock-Crushing Business

Stamford Mayor David Martin said today's court decision against a rock-crushing business was important to help safety and quality of life in the city's neighborhoods.
Stamford Mayor David Martin said today's court decision against a rock-crushing business was important to help safety and quality of life in the city's neighborhoods. Photo Credit: Contributed

STAMFORD, Conn. -- After five years of legal battles, the City of Stamford announced Tuesday it has won a judgement to shut down a rock-crushing business.

The city first issued a cease-and-desist order in June 2010 in an effort to shut down a rock-crushing operation in the South End operated by Ten Rugby Street LLC. 

“This is an important win for the City of Stamford in enforcing land use regulations," said Corporation Counsel Kathryn Emmett.

The city’s complaint was that the business was crushing rock and non-rock material in violation of city regulations, as well as operating recycling preparation equipment without a special permit. Although the court determined “the defendant’s conduct …did not merit the imposition of any fines," the court did grant a permanent injunction requiring that the company comply with zoning regulations at their property. 

The court also required the business cease operation of any crusher at the location, comply with the city’s cease-and-desist order and stop using their property on Rugby Street for a rock-crushing enterprise, Emmet said.

“Stamford is a wonderful community and it is important that the city enforce the rules that are in place to safeguard the integrity and quality of life in our neighborhoods. We will fight to protect our community from those who violate our zoning laws,” said Mayor David Martin.

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