VIDEO: After a Long Battle in Court, Piano Tuner Wins Case
ATLANTIC CITY - An Atlantic City piano-tuner has won his long court fight to keep his family's three-story brick home out of the hands of a state agency that wanted it for redevelopment efforts. Superior Court Judge Julio Mendez ruled today that 69-year-old Charlie Birnbaum can keep his family's house. The judge said the casino reinvestment development authority's attempt to condemn the house, is an "abuse" of eminent domain power and exceeds the agency's authority. Mendez had ruled in November 2014 that the agency could take the house in the shadow of the closed revel casino hotel. The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CDRA) had argued that it needs to take the Oriental Avenue home through eminent domain for a tourism district. Mendez said the CRDA did not prove it can redevelop the land, considering the city's financial state.