Long Branch, NJ, Takes Another Hit On Using Eminent Domain for Redevelopment

The New Jersey Star Ledger (nj.com) reports that the Appellate Division struck down a Long Branch redevelopment project as inconsistent with new developments in New Jersey right-to-take law. See nj.com, Mary Ann Spoto, Appeals court rules Against Long Branch in longtime eminent domain  dispute, April 16, 2010; see http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/04/appeals_court_rules_against_lo.html

Though the court gave Long Branch another chance to do it rights, the city’s mayor is quoted as saying that that the city will not use eminent domain, and will proceed with the redevelopment without using it, thus demonstrated that it can be done.

This is not to be confused with an earlier court ruling that struck down Long Branch’s attempt to use eminent domain for redevelopment along its oceanfront. See Jo Ann Sills, State high court declines to hear Long Branch development spat, Nov. 6, 2008, nj.com; see http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2008/11/state_high_court_declines _to_h.html

Follow up. For a follow-up writeup on the aftermath of this case see http://atlanticville.gmnews.com/news/2010-04-22/Front_Page/City_unsure_of_next_move_after_blight_ruling.html