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Harts set to fight city hall


By IAN WILSON -- Calgary Sun
  The wrestling Hart family is in a royal rumble with the city over a parcel of land across from their homestead.

Yesterday, brothers Owen, Keith and Bret "the Hitman" Hart came to the aid of their parents -- Stu and Helen -- in their fight with city hall.

"Stu Hart just wants the city to honor its agreement it made when they created this parcel of land," said the Hitman at a news conference.

"There are promises that have been made that have not been kept."

In 1963, the city bought five hectares of the Hart's land for Sarcee Tr.

The sale separated a 1.4-hectare site from the homestead, but Bret said his father was assured the value of that parcel would increase.

Developers have offered Stu and Helen $700,000 for the land, if the city will let 15 estate homes to be built on it.

The family fears the city won't rezone the land, killing the deal.

Keith said the city has offered to buy the site for $25,000.

The Harts said they've tried to contact Ald. Dave Bronconnier -- who represents the ward where the land is -- to discuss it.

Keith claimed he met with a "confrontational" Bronconnier before yesterday's press conference.

But Bronconnier denies that.

"The Hart family has never contacted me," he said. "And I'm really cloudy on how this is unfair."

Bronconnier said the deal will get the same consideration as all projects.

The fate of the land will be determined at council on Monday.

READY FOR BATTLE ... The family of Stu and Helen Hart are ready to go to the mat in a land dispute with city hall. Putting up their dukes, from left, are Ellie, Keith, Jim, Bruce, Georgia, Ellen, Stu, Bret, Smith and Owen with daughter Athena, 2. In the rear, the Hart grandchildren gathered as well, promising to take no prisoners. -- DARREN MAKOWICHUK, Calgary Sun

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