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Preview: Rice To Hold Two Eminent Domain Hearings

TRENTON -The Community and Urban Affairs Committee will listen to testimony from the general public on their personal experiences regarding eminent domain and redevelopment in New Jersey during two pubic hearings before the end of the month.

The first public hearing will be on Thursday, October 26th, at 6 pm in Irvington, at the Irvington Senior Citizen Community Center, located at 1077 Springfield Avenue.

The second public hearing will be on Monday, October 30th, at 4:30 pm in Lakewood at the Lakewood Municipal Building, located at 231 Third Street.

“The issue of eminent domain generates a great amount of passion among individuals, especially those who face the loss of their property,” said Senator Ronald L. Rice, D-Essex and Chairman of the Committee. “Their individual passion is certainly understandable, and I urge all members of the public to come to the committee meeting and be heard.

“Redevelopment is an important tool to reclaim some of our poorer urban areas, but it must be tempered with respect for the homeowners,” said Senator Rice. “I’d like the public’s input on the issue of eminent domain so that we can find a fair solution. It’s vital that any eminent domain legislation provides transparency to the process and includes fair compensation for the homeowners.”