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Statute: 40:37D-8

8. a. Upon the exercise of the power of eminent domain, the compensation to be paid thereunder shall be ascertained and paid in the manner provided in the "Eminent Domain Act of 1971," P.L.1971, c.361 (C.20:3-1 et seq.), insofar as the provisions thereof are applicable and not inconsistent with the provisions contained in this act. The authority may join in separate subdivisions in one petition or complaint the descriptions of any number of tracts or parcels of land or property to be condemned, if each tract or parcel lies wholly in or has a substantial part of its value lying wholly within the same county, and the names of any number of owners and other parties who may have an interest therein and all the land or property included in the petition or complaint may be condemned in a single proceeding; but separate awards shall be made for each tract or parcel of land or property. b. Upon the filing of the petition or complaint or at any time thereafter the authority may file with the clerk of the county in which the property is located and also with the clerk of the Superior Court a declaration of taking, signed by the authority, declaring that possession of one or more of the tracts or parcels of land or property described in the petition or complaint is being taken by and for the use of the authority. The declaration of taking shall be sufficient if it sets forth: (1) a description of each tract or parcel of land or property to be taken sufficient for the identification of it, to which there shall be attached a plan or map thereof; (2) a statement of the estate or interest in the land or property being taken; (3) a statement of the sum of money estimated by the authority by resolution to be just compensation for the taking of the estate or interest in each tract or parcel of land or property described in the declaration; and (4) that, in compliance with the provisions of this act, the authority has established and is maintaining a trust fund as hereinafter provided. c. Upon the filing of the declaration, the authority shall deposit with the clerk of the Superior Court the amount of the estimated compensation stated in the declaration. In addition to the deposits with the clerk of the Superior Court the authority shall maintain a special trust fund on deposit with a bank or trust company doing business in the State in an amount at least equal to twice the aggregate amount deposited with the clerk of the Superior Court, as estimated compensation for all property described in declarations of taking with respect to which the compensation has not been finally determined and paid to the persons entitled thereto or into court. The trust fund shall consist of cash or securities readily convertible into cash constituting legal investment for trust funds under the laws of the State. The trust fund shall be held solely to secure and may be applied to the payment of just compensation for the land or other property described in the declarations of taking. The authority shall be entitled to withdraw from the trust fund from time to time so much as may then be in excess of twice the aggregate of the amount deposited with the clerk of the Superior Court as estimated compensation for all property described in declarations of taking with respect to which the compensation has not been finally determined and paid to the persons entitled thereto or into court. d. Upon the filing of the declaration of taking pursuant to subsection b. of this section and depositing with the clerk of the Superior Court the amount of the estimated compensation stated in the declaration, the authority, without other process or proceedings, shall be entitled to the exclusive possession and use of each tract of land or property described in the declaration and may forthwith enter into and take possession of the land or property, it being the intent of this provision that the proceedings for compensation or any other proceedings relating to the taking of the land or interest therein or other property shall not delay the taking of possession thereof and the use thereof by the authority for the purposes for which the authority is authorized by law to acquire or condemn the land or other property or interest in it. e. The authority shall cause notice of the filing of the declaration and the making of the deposit to be served upon each party in interest named in the petition residing in the State, either personally or by leaving a copy at his residence, if known, and upon each party in interest residing out of the State, by mailing a copy to him at his residence, if known. If the residence of the party or the name of the party is unknown, notice shall be published at least once in a newspaper published or circulating in the counties in which the land is located. Service, mailing or publication shall be made within 10 days after filing the declaration. Upon the application of any party in interest and after notice to other parties in interest, including the authority, any judge of the Superior Court assigned to sit for that county may order that the money deposited with the clerk of the Superior Court or any part thereof be paid forthwith to the persons entitled thereto for or on account of the just compensation to be awarded in the proceeding, provided each person files with the clerk of the Superior Court a consent in writing that, if the award in the condemnation proceeding shall be less than the amount deposited, the court, after notice as provided in this subsection and hearing, may determine his liability, if any, for the return of the difference or any part of it and enter judgment therefor. If the amount of the award as finally determined shall exceed the amount so deposited, the person to whom the award is payable shall be entitled to recover from the authority the difference between the amount of the deposit and the amount of the award, with interest at the then legal rate from the date of making the deposit. If the amount of the award shall be less than the amount so deposited, the clerk of the Superior Court shall return the difference between the amount of the award and the deposit to the authority, unless the amount of the deposit or any part of it shall have theretofore been distributed, in which event the court, on petition of the authority and notice to all persons interested in the award and affording them an opportunity to be heard, shall enter judgment in favor of the authority for the difference against the parties liable for the return. The authority shall cause notice of the date fixed for the hearing to be served upon each party residing in the State, either personally or by leaving a copy at his residence, if known, and upon each party residing out of the State, by mailing a copy to him at his residence, if known. If the residence of any party or the name of the party is unknown, notice shall be published at least once in a newspaper published or circulating in the counties in which the land is located. Service, mailing or publication shall be made at least 10 days before the date fixed for the hearing. Whenever under the "Eminent Domain Act of 1971," P.L.1971, c.361 (C.20:3-1 et seq.) the amount of the award may be paid into court, payment may be made into the Superior Court and may be distributed according to law. The authority shall not abandon any condemnation proceeding subsequent to the date upon which it has taken possession of the land or property as herein provided. L.1994,c.98,s.8.

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