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Atlantic City Resident Heads To Court To Fight Eminent Domain

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Chasing New Jersey first brought you the story of Charlie Birnbaum who is engrossed in a battle with the city of Atlantic City over eminent domain.

Birnbaum's home is in the shadow of the Revel Casino and he was in court yesterday to fight the seizure of his property for public use.

Even though the Revel Casino will be shutting its doors, the city still wants to take over his property and Birnbaum isn't going out without a fight.

In court Birnbaum was accused of misrepresenting his actual living situation. The Casino Redevelopment Authority's lawyer says that his home is actually an investment property, not a primary residence. Birnbaum's lawyer, Bob McNamara, says this is just a ploy to take advantage of this family and their longtime home.

“What CRDA is trying to do is simply character assassination. They're trying to make it seem like Charlie and his wife don't care about Atlantic City,” he said.

Birnbaum said that these accusations are extremely hurtful and that this home is full of important memories.

“This was a property that I proposed to my wife,” he said.

The CRDA hopes to move forward with their plans of redevelopment to help with the economic growth of Atlantic City. As a result they need to acquire large portions of land regardless of the impending casino closings.

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