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Revel closing, but property fight goes on

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By JOSH CORNFIELD and SEAN CARLIN | AP

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - A casino piano tuner in Atlantic City is fighting the state's attempt to seize his late parents' house as part of a redevelopment project connected to the closing Revel Hotel Casino.

Charlie Birnbaum says the house in the shadow of the failed casino was his father's livelihood. He says he is attached to the home, even though his mother was killed there in 1998.

The Casino Reinvestment Development Authority says it still wants to redevelop the land where the house sits even though Revel is closing next week.

Spokeswoman Elaine Zamansky says the agency is accumulating land that will make it attractive for developers to build on.

Birnbaum is fighting the agency's attempt to take the home in court. He uses the home for his piano-tuning business and rents out the rest as apartments. The next hearing is set for Oct. 6.

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