Some Neptune City residents call redevelopment plan 'class cleansing'

(09/09/04) NEPTUNE CITY A redevelopment proposal for part of Neptune City has some residents accusing the local government of class cleansing.

The borough may have to use eminent domain to relocate businesses and residents in an area between Steiner Avenue and Memorial Drive. There is a proposal on the table to redevelop the area, which borough officials say has been in decline for years.

Residents and business owners in Neptune City see things differently, however. Some say their businesses are thriving and the redevelopment proposal is an effort to clear out blue collar workers for a white collar population. Some elderly residents are also upset, saying it would be very difficult for them to move.

Borough officials say eminent domain is a last resort. They say if it has to be used all residents will get fair market value for their properties.

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