Marlton Crossing Owner Awarded $1.6 Million

September 21, 2010 – In The News
Burlington County Times

David Snyder successfully represented a property owner whose property, including an essential driveway to a shopping center, was taken by the New Jersey Department of Transportation for the Marlton Circle project. The state offered to pay the owner $194,000, which Snyder argued only compensated for the value of the land. “The state only considers the square footage, the actual dirt, ignoring the impact of losing a driveway, an access point, into the shopping center,” said Snyder. After a two-week trial before Superior Court Judge Patricia Richmond, the jury awarded the owner more than $1.6 million plus interest dating back to 2007, when the state took over the land.

Snyder expects changes-of-access issues in eminent domain cases to continue to be highly disputed, especially in New Jersey. “The state has an incredibly rigid approach, but here the jury gets to have the final say,” said Snyder.