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Possible Inverse Condemnation Looms in Variance Denial Case

by: Joseph Grather
27 May 2010
A New Jersey appellate court recently affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging a local municipality’s denial of a variance application to build one single family residence on a 24 acre lot.  The Last Frontier, Inc. v. Blairstown Tp. Zoning Bd. of Adj., Docket A-5205-08T2 (May 24, 2010).  A variance was required because the property... Read More

New Jersey Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Another Redevelopment Case Involving Tenants’ Rights

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
26 May 2010
The New Jersey Supreme Court recently granted a petition for certification in Town of Kearny v. Discount City of Old Bridge, Inc., et al., a redevelopment taking involving tenants rights where the designated “redeveloper” was also the tenant’s landlord, which was decided by the Appellate Division on October 23, 2009.  The Appellate Division held that pre-condemnation... Read More

Jersey City Redevelopment Plan Upheld Despite Passage of Time

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
21 May 2010
High rise housing is permitted in City’s Powerhouse Arts District following adoption of amended Redevelopment Plan  A neighborhood action group’s argument that a redevelopment plan was wrongly amended was rejected by the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court in a recently published opinion.  The neighborhood group filed an action in the Superior Court... Read More

Plainfield Redevelopment Project Upheld on Appeal

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
7 May 2010
Bucking a trend of court decisions striking down redevelopment projects, a New Jersey appellate court has determined that the City of Plainfield may proceed with a redevelopment project in the City because it satisfied criterion (d) under the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law (LRHL), N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-5(d), and due to the “substantial evidence” contained in the... Read More

Owners' Approvals and Improvements Upheld as Relevant in Jury Valuation

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
26 Feb 2010
A New Jersey appellate court recently rejected an attempt by the the New Jersey School Construction Corporation’s (“NJSCC”) to reverse a trial court judge’s decision permitting the jury to consider evidence of zoning board approvals and property improvements for purposes of determining just compensation at the trial concerning the NJSCC’s condemnation of the owners’ commercial property.  The trial... Read More

Appeals Court Denies Relocation Benefits to Bloomfield Property Owner

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
25 Feb 2010
A New Jersey appellate court affirmed the denial of relocation benefits to a former property owner (Jeanny Sung Koo) in a redevelopment area in the Township of Bloomfield after she signed a lease to relocate to a new location where an initial offer to purchase her property had been made, and negotiations ensued, but the project stalled.  The... Read More

Appellate Division Rejects Property Owners' Due Process Claims in Redevelopment Case

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
10 Feb 2010
A New Jersey appellate court recently rejected certain property owners’ claims that city officials violated their procedural and substantive due process rights by frustrating plaintiffs’ business ventures in connection with a local redevelopment plan and project. In Sandone v. Park, A-6346-07 (App. Div. February 2, 2010), the Appellate Division affirmed the trial court’s dismissal of the owners’ complaint challenging... Read More

Discounted Jury Verdict Upheld on Appeal

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
5 Jan 2010
A New Jersey appellate court recently rejected a property owner’s claim that it was deprived of just compensation because the jury verdict reflected a discount for the cost of environmental remediation on its property.  New Jersey Schools Construction Corporation v. Warminster Investments Corporation, et als., Docket No. A-5319-07T15319-07T1.  Warminster, the property owner, argued that the jury... Read More

Tenants' Rights Scrutinized in Kearny Redevelopment Taking

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
26 Oct 2009
A New Jersey appellate court recently analyzed the rights of a tenant who challenged a town’s right to use eminent domain to extinguish its leasehold interest in a municipal redevelopment project.  Town of Kearny v. Discount City of Old Bridge, et als, Docket No. A-6220-07T3.  In this case, two commercial tenants appealed from trial court... Read More

Property Owner's Challenge to Redevelopment Testing Dismissed as Moot

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
2 Jun 2009
A New Jersey appellate court dismissed a property owner’s challenge to redevelopment activities in the Town of Kearny on the basis that the appeal was moot.  Town of Kearny v. RLR Investments, Inc., Docket No. A-3174-07T2 (read the opinion here).    The property owner, RLR Investments, owns and operates a commercial trucking terminal which is located in... Read More