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Man in 'Braveheart' costume prepares for property battle with Monroe

A Monroe native says the town is allowing a neighboring property owner to expand their land and put up a commercial development right next to him.

News 12 Staff

Jan 26, 2023, 10:23 PM

Updated 510 days ago

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A Monroe native has come back to Connecticut to fight for his property.
He says the town is allowing a neighboring property owner to expand their land and put up a commercial development right next to him.
"If I get a deal, I'll go home. If I don't get a deal, I'll charge," said Jason DuBac, dressed as the Scottish warrior in "Braveheart" and waving an American flag.
The 51-year-old says he's fighting for his freedom when it comes to his property on Spring Hill Road in Monroe.
"The first real knowledge I had of this was just over two weeks ago," said DuBac.
DuBac grew up at 373 Spring Hill Road, which is right across the street from an abandoned property that the owner wants to expand to an acre so she can put up a restaurant.
"Everybody needs another restaurant," said DuBac.
DuBac's estranged sister now lives in the house and is not putting up a fight.
DuBac drove four hours this morning from Vermont, where he now lives, to speak with News 12.
He and his sister both now own the property.
Monroe First Selectman Ken Kellogg sent an email to News 12 Connecticut today saying, "The Town worked with our special counsel, Attorney Vincent Marino, on the discontinuance of this small portion of Spring Hill Road, to ensure that proper procedures were followed. All required notices were sent to adjacent property owners, as prescribed by state law, as determined on the land records."
DuBac says the town sent the notification to his deceased parents and not him.
"And I believe this is totally unfair, totally improper. It's very easy to find somebody who's next of kin. You know, you find out you're sending registered mail to dead people, you Google them. I don't know - their obituary comes up," said DuBac.
In the process, the town says it wants to close the portion of Spring Hill Road that leads to his home, which was scheduled to be foreclosed on this weekend.
DuBac says doing that will lower the property value even more. DuBac's attorney has delayed the foreclosure until May.
He owes about $3,000 on the home.
The first selectman says the Town Council has had this matter on their agenda for some time and, during its Jan. 9 meeting, took final action to discontinue that portion of Spring Hill Road.


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