Want to buy a home along a never-built expressway?

The state Department of Transportation has informed the governor about the benefits of selling off 14 residences purchased years ago by the state for the expansion of the old Route 7 connecting Norwalk and Danbury.

On July 14, Gov. M. Jodi Rell wrote her commissioners and agency heads asking them for lists of saleable assets to help raise revenue during Connecticut's budget crisis.

Those lists were due July 27, but her office was not releasing the details last week, saying it was still awaiting information.

But the DOT, atHearst Newspapers' request, supplied a copy of a letter Commissioner Joseph Marie sent to Rell outlining properties identified by his department.

Marie said the DOT's Excess Property Inventory Unit identified 2,840 potential parcels divided among 87 municipalities

"The majority of the parcels identified are uneconomic remnants that remain from properties acquired for transportation projects and only have value to an abutting property owner," Marie wrote.

But Marie said the state has valuable land holdings for two dormant expressway projects: Route 6, which was intended to provide quicker passage through Andover, Bolton and Coventry; and Route 7.

In total, the DOT controls more than 890 acres of vacant land in the right of way for the Route 7 expressway, or Super 7, with an estimated value of $80 million to $150 million, Marie wrote Rell.

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