BLOG: Condemnation Law

Property Owner’s Second Bite at the Apple Not So Tasty as the First

by: Joseph Grather
15 May 2017
A New Jersey appellate court just affirmed the denial of property owner’s challenge to a condemnation premised on a failure of pre-complaint bona fide negotiations. Montclair v Cerino 2017 a0753-15. The Township of Montclair had previously commenced a condemnation action to acquire a property along Valley Road that was used by the property owner to store... Read More

Property Owners Protest Penn East Pipeline at Delaware RiverKeeper Meeting

by: Joseph Grather
11 Apr 2017
Legions of property owners turned out in opposition to the proposed Penn East Natural Gas pipeline at the at the quarterly meeting of Delaware River Basin Commission. Reported here. The general comments were consist with those of Doug O’Malleym director of Environment New Jersey: “PennEast is trying to peddle a pipeline to the residents of... Read More

Challenge to Redevelopment Action Decades After Finding of Blight Denied

by: Joseph Grather
25 Jan 2017
  The Appellate Division recently analyzed an old blight designation in Ocean County in a January 18, 2017 opinion.  You may have to read it more than once to understand the convoluted fact pattern.  Or, you may want to skip ahead to the legal analysis because it is short and to the point. Two tracts... Read More

Interstate Gas Pipelines in NJ – Public Use or Private Benefit?

by: Joseph Grather
12 Jan 2017
Photo credit. http://www.spectraenergy.com/Natural-Gas-Oil-101/ New Jersey is the most densely populated State in the Union.  It may soon have the most underground gas transmission lines.  The latest in a series of new pipelines is being proposed in New Jersey is by PennEast, a subsidiary of Spectra Energy.  An interactive map of the proposed route can be found... Read More

Eminent Domain in a Nutshell – More Takings on the Horizon?

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
5 Dec 2016
Eminent domain has frequently been in the news over the past few months, part in thanks to president-elect Donald Trump’s support for and involvement in the practice, and also the controversial Dakota oil pipeline. Amidst all of the media attention, here is a review of the basic tenets of eminent domain.  Eminent domain refers to... Read More

NJ Transit v. Franco – Property Owner Verdict Overturned on Appeal

by: Joseph Grather
1 Nov 2016
On October 19, 2016, almost seven years after a condemnation action was commenced, the Appellate Division published an opinion reversing an $8,150,000 jury verdict in favor of the property owners from 2013.  The pre-condemnation offer of compensation was $934,500.  The trial judge also ordered that $1,967,865 be escrowed in the Superior Court Trust Fund to cover... Read More

CRDA Denied Authority to Take – Birnbaum Wins on Reconsideration

by: Joseph Grather
10 Aug 2016
On August 5, 2016, Judge Mendez reversed himself issuing an Order holding that the Casino Reinvestment Development Corp.’s condemnation of the Birnbaum property was a “manifest abuse of the eminent domain power” and exceeded CRDA’s statutory authority.  Thereby dismissing the case commenced over two years ago. Initially the Court denied the Birnbaum’s challenge to the... Read More

5 Things You May Not Have Known About Eminent Domain

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
28 Jul 2016
A Property’s Value Isn’t Restricted to Its Current Usage If the government wants to take your property, it is obligated to provide you with “just compensation”. Just compensation is usually defined as the amount of money that would make the property owner whole by indemnifying the owner for the loss resulting from the taking of... Read More

New Jersey’s Stance on Eminent Domain Since Kelo v. New London

by: Anthony F. Della Pelle
20 Jul 2016
The United States Supreme Court’s ruling in Kelo v. City of New London in 2005 served as a wake-up call for eminent domain usage and abuse, as the Court affirmed that, depending upon any state or local laws to the contrary, it was and is permissible for government agencies to seize private property as a... Read More

Sales Approach Rejected in Valuing Rental Property

by: Richard De Angelis
11 Jul 2016
In reviewing a recent decision by the Honorable Patrick DeAlmeida, the Presiding Judge of the New Jersey Tax Court, the first thing that jumps out is the large reductions — approximate $1.84 million in reduced assessments for each of the years under appeal.  The appeal involved a free-standing Barnes & Noble store in Evesham Township brought by the retailer, a... Read More