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Rice v. City of Newark

New Jersey Supreme Court


Decided: January 8, 1945.

ALEXANDER S. RICE AND LOUIS HOOD, EXECUTORS AND TRUSTEES UNDER THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF FLORENCE R. STRAUSS, DECEASED, ET AL., PROSECUTORS,
v.
CITY OF NEWARK, A MUNICIPAL CORPORATION, DEFENDANT

On certiorari.

For the prosecutors, Louis Hood and Hannoch & Lasser (Louis Hood, Herbert J. Hannoch and Morris Weinstein, of counsel).

For the defendant, Philip J. Schotland, corporation counsel of the city of Newark (Joseph A. Ward, of counsel).

Before Justices Case, Bodine and Porter.

Porter

[132 NJL Page 387]

The opinion of the court was delivered by

PORTER, J. The writ brings before us for review an ordinance designated as the "Airport Zoning Ordinance of the City of Newark." The prosecutors own property previously zoned for factories and heavy industries, consisting of a parcel of twenty-five acres and another parcel of between twelve and thirteen acres, and assessed for taxation by the City of Newark at valuations of $97,400 and $64,000, respectively. By the provisions of the ordinance in question the height and kind of structures on the property of prosecutors is so restricted as to render its use for industrial purposes useless.

Prosecutor argues that the ordinance is illegal for constitutional and statutory reasons.

The ordinance was also attacked in the case of Yara Engineering Corp. v. Newark, at this term, 132 N.J.L. 370. An opinion is being filed herewith in that case, setting aside the ordinance for reasons therein expressed.

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