Officials in Leonia back away from eminent domain plan

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Residents in Leonia pushed back against an eminent domain plan, and it has now been dropped.

Town officials unanimously eliminated the redevelopment plan.

It was first approved last year, affecting homes and businesses along Fort Lee Road, Grand Avenue and Schor Avenue.

Officials warned if the area was found to be in need of redevelopment, the borough would exercise the power of eminent domain.

"The buildings that they were attempting to condemn, they've all been well kept and the businesses they were talking about have been doing very good in town,” says Dominic Picciocchi, owner of A&D Auto Body.

He says small business owners will continue to fight if the plan is ever revisited.

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