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AC Eminent Domain Still Threatening Homes Amid Casino Closings

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Empty spaces are popping up all over Atlantic City with the closing of three major casinos: Revel, Trump Plaza, and Showboat. Even with all of this going on, the city is still trying to use eminent domain to take away the home of an Atlantic City local legend, Piano Man Charlie Birnbaum.

Birnbaum has tuned pianos for icons like: Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, and John Legend. He's been a resident of Atlantic City in the same home for over 50 years.

Chasing New Jersey first brought you this story back in May when it was learned that the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority wanted Birnbaum's home as part of what they said was a "mixed use development project" used to "complement the new Revel Casino and assist with the demands created by the resort”.

Well, now that the Revel announced that it will be closing its doors, the CRDA is still trying to get Birnbaum's home through eminent domain.

Birnbaum's lawyer, Bob Mcnamara from the Institute for Justice, discussed the ongoing struggle.

“When they thought the Revel was going to be successful, the only response they could think of was to destroy Charlie's long-time family home and now that the Revel is closing, the only response they can think of is to destroy Charlie's long-time family home. I think if aliens invaded tomorrow the only response they would be able to think of would be to destroy Charlie's long-time family home,” he explained.

Birnbaum will be back in court on August 28th to see what the next steps are.

As for the CRDA, they do not comment on cases that are still being litigated in court.

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