Saturday, March 28, 2015
62-64 Main Street, L.L.C. and 59-61 Moore Street, L.L.C. v. Hackensack; Planning Board of the City of Hackensack (A-19/20-13;
62-64 Main Street, L.L.C. and 59-61 Moore Street, L.L.C. v. Hackensack; Planning Board of the City of Hackensack (A-19/20-13; 072699)
As the Court earlier concluded in Wilson v. City of Long Branch, 27 N.J. 360 (1958), subsections (a), (b), and (d) of N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-5 do not violate the Blighted Areas Clause of the New Jersey Constitution. A determination that an area is blighted and in need of redevelopment does not require a finding that the area “negatively affects surrounding properties,” so long as the legislative definitions are met. Substantial evidence in the record supports the Hackensack Planning Board’s findings – later adopted by the Mayor and Council – that Lots 4-7 at 62-64 Main Street and Lot 8 at 59-61 Moore Street were part of an area in need of redevelopment.