Thursday, January 26, 2006
The City of Camden's redevelopment plan for the Cramer Hill neighborhood was thrown out by a New Jersey Superior Court judge on procedural grounds:
During arguments heard before today's scheduled trial over the use of eminent domain for the project, Judge Michael J. Kassel ruled that two witnesses who testified before a planning board in May 2004 at the adoption of the plan had not been sworn in.
This is the second time the plan has been tossed on procedural grounds. Why might a judge use such ticky-tacky reasons to avoid hearing the merits? The plan is very controversial, largely because it will use eminent domain to displace 1,200 families from their homes and turn the property over to a private developer. To be fair, though, the plan appears to contemplate providing replacement housing for the displaced families. For those who are interested, the plan is available on-line.
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