August 7, 2016 |
A judge ruled Friday that an Atlantic City man can keep his longtime property, saying the state Casino Reinvestment Development Authority's attempt to take over the building lacked "any specific and viable plans" and was a "manifest abuse of the eminent domain power. " Charles Birnbaum, 69, owns the three-story brick house along Oriental Avenue a block from the ocean. His parents bought it in 1969. In 1998, an intruder killed his mother and her live-in caretaker there. Birnbaum then created a piano studio in the home to memorialize her, and currently runs his casino piano-tuning business there.
August 3, 2016
ISSUE | ATLANTIC CITY No tax windfall The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority's property development mandate brings significant investment to Atlantic City. The lots we own, in terms of their current value, are insignificant to remediating the city's dire fiscal condition compared with CRDA's ability to assemble properties and leverage projects that create jobs and revenue for the city. CRDA-owned, nontaxable property cannot provide some windfall to the city. CRDA owns 111 acres, yet only 8.5 remain suitable for development.
July 2, 2016 |
ATLANTIC CITY - In a tense meeting, the Atlantic City Council voted by 5-4 Thursday night to ask the state to allow city voters to consider reducing the council's size by two at-large members, leaving six ward members and one at-large. The at-large members objected, saying the plan targeted the people who typically oppose Council President Marty Small, who initiated the plan. "I applaud the concept as far as cutting budgets," said Councilman Mo Delgado. He said the move appeared to be more about tit for tat. Councilman George Tibbitt said council members should cut their pay by $11,800 each instead.
June 30, 2016 |
ATLANTIC CITY - In bracingly wonky detail, Mayor Don Guardian took a room full of his city's residents step by step Tuesday night through the city's work-in-progress plan to right its financial ship and stave off a threatened state takeover. In a related matter, Guardian said the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority had agreed to auction many of the 450 lots it owns and on which it does not pay taxes. Millions of dollars have been kept off the tax rolls for years by the state CRDA, contributing to Atlantic City's cash crisis.
April 28, 2016 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Given all that's transpired in Atlantic City since the state Casino Reinvestment Development Authority optimistically envisioned creating a neighborhood near what was then the Revel Casino, and moved to take the property of the celebrated piano tuner and eminent domain fighter Charles Birnbaum, a Superior Court judge on Tuesday asked the agency to justify the seizure. What was its plan? What money did it propose using, especially since the Legislature is considering adopting an aid plan for near-bankrupt Atlantic City that would divert a key revenue source of the CRDA, the 1.5 percent Alternate Investment Tax collected from the casinos?
April 9, 2016 |
Camden County closed a $6.2 million deal Thursday to build apartments on the site of the old Pennsauken Mart on Route 130 in South Jersey. The Camden County Improvement Authority said it has reached a long-anticipated agreement with Delco Development of Willingboro. The Burlington County builder plans to put a 250-unit residential site on the property, according to the county. The project will also include amenities and retail outlets. In a statement, Pennsauken Mayor John Kneib said he was "excited to hear of the completed sale of the site.
January 20, 2016
By Frank Gilliam The behavior of the New Jersey government toward Atlantic City in recent days can be compared to that of a mugger - a robber who takes his victim's money, demands his jewelry, and then threatens to shoot him for not having enough money. Let me explain. While it's without doubt that Atlantic City faces difficult financial circumstances, much of the difficulty is caused by the state. For decades, the state and its agencies have treated Atlantic City as their own bank, taking more than $1 billion.
November 21, 2015 |
Stockton University's dream of an island campus in Atlantic City will have new life on the other side of town. Although Stockton has not completed its $23 million sale of the former Showboat Casino Hotel, where its previous plan for an Atlantic City campus unraveled, new plans are underway to build the Galloway college a campus at the southern end of Atlantic City. Christopher Paladino, head of the newly formed Atlantic City Development Corp. (ACDevCo), said the independent, not-for-profit organization was going ahead with plans to build an Atlantic City campus for Stockton, to open in the fall of 2018.
July 16, 2015 |
ATLANTIC CITY - Take my empty buildings and lots - please. This is the message Atlantic City is sending, by issuing requests for proposals for, well, pretty much the entire town. The properties available for reimagining range from a pier to a kiosk, from the Boardwalk to outer neighborhoods. In all, 14 vacant lots and buildings owned by the city or, in a few cases, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority are included in the RFPs. Planning director Elizabeth Terenik is to discuss the properties at a noon meeting Wednesday in City Hall.
June 14, 2015 |
SOMERS POINT, N.J. - Poetry was apparently too controversial for Atlantic City this year, as a plan to pay poets to read their work at the city Farmers' Market was abandoned by the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority after some political blowback. But Somers Point has held the line against the (haiku) haters - naming, and paying, the bay town's first poet laureate, Northwestern grad-turned-wine-store-event-planner Maria Provenzano of Egg Harbor Township. Provenzano, 26, will put the concept to its first real test Saturday night, as she does two short, mostly unannounced "Pop Up Poetry" events, one at 7 p.m. at the bar at Sandi Point Coastal Bistro, formerly the famed Mac's, followed by another at Gregory's.