Elizabeth Must Release $350,000 in Environmental Escrow to Property Owner

The City of Elizabeth was recently ordered by New Jersey Superior Court Judge Kathryn A. Brock to permit the release of more than $350,000 to the former owner of a motel seized under eminent domain. The monies had been held in a Superior Court escrow account to provide funding for environmental cleanup of the property.

Lieberman & Blecher proudly represented the succesful proprerty owner in the matter.  The case was referred to us by the firm of McKirdy & Riskin, one of New Jersey’s most respected eminent domain law firms. 

The City acquired the Saxony Motel, a 35-room, family-owned business on Atlantic Street in Elizabeth for more than 50 years, by filing an eminent domain action in January, 2008. The City offered $1.8 million for the property, but claimed that approximately $800,000 of the monies offered needed to remain in the court escrow account to provide monies to pay for the cleanup of the property, which the City claimed was contaminated by leaking oil tanks or spillage from a gas station next door.

Read more about this decision in an article by Julie O’Connor from The Star-Ledger.

Lieberman & Blecher is a New Jersey environmental law firm with years of leaking tank experience.   We are located in Princeton, NJ, and our phone number is 732-355-1311.   www.liebermanblecher.com