62-64 Main Street, LLC v. Mayor & Council of City of Hackensack
New Jersey Supreme Court
221 N.J. 129, 110 A.3d 877 (2015)
62-64 Main St., LLC (62-64 Main) (plaintiff) owned five lots in the City of Hackensack in an area that the city had designated as needing redevelopment. The five lots had two dilapidated buildings and two poorly maintained parking lots. Janice Talley, a professional planner retained by the city’s planning board, had reported that the buildings on the lots needed structural repair and were a detriment to community health, safety, and welfare. Talley also reported that the parking lots were in poor condition. Overall, Talley indicated that the lots owned by 62-64 Main were unwholesome and unsafe. Consequently, the planning board found that the lots met the statutory definition of blight and needed redevelopment. The mayor and the City Council of Hackensack (Hackensack) (defendant) passed a resolution that adopted the planning board’s finding of blight. In response, 62-64 Main filed an action in the superior court, challenging Hackensack’s classification of its lots as blighted. The superior court affirmed the blight classification by Hackensack. 62-64 Main appealed to the appellate court, which reversed the superior court’s decision and Hackensack’s blight classification. Hackensack appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Albin, J.)
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