Eminent Domain: Dismayed at City Council's response over eminent domain in Hoboken

Dismayed at City Council's response over eminent domain in Hoboken
03/13/2006 Hoboken Reporter

Dear Editor:

I am writing this in reference to "Eminent Domain hits Hoboken" article published in your March 5th edition.

Having attended the council meetings where these ordinances have been discussed, I have been extremely dismayed at the City Council's response to this issue. Rather than siding with the residents' wishes, their response has been that they cannot do anything about the issue and that their solution has simply been to attempt to change the image of the project rather than the project itself.

There has not been one resident who has spoken in favor of this project. The residents of this neighborhood do not want this project; it's unfair to close two businesses who have been great neighbors, and it's unfair that one developer has sole rights over this block. This reeks of politics as usual in Hoboken, and it's unfortunate that this looks to be close to a done deal. My only hope is that legislation can be passed preventing governmental abuses similar to this in the future.

Kevin Kroen

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