Residents in Jersey City’s Van Vorst neighborhood threaten lawsuit to fight planned ‘microunit’ development
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JERSEY CITY – Jersey City residents in the Van Vorst Park neighborhood are vowing to fight a planned development at the corner of Bright and Varick streets and have threatened to file a lawsuit against the city to block groundbreaking next year.

In a tense and often hostile meeting with the developer on Tuesday night, a standing room only crowd of residents heard details of an 87-microunit residential development planned for a site at 268 Varick Street, at the corner of Bright Street.

The small studio apartments planned by Michael Rushman and his business partner Don Dillon of the development company Rushman Dillon will be diminutive in size – 325 to 350 square feet – but will include a sleek, cutting edge architectural design that will appeal to young single professionals who are increasingly bypassing New York and moving to Jersey City instead.

The development will not include any parking since the city’s redevelopment plan for this site does not require parking, Rushman told residents Tuesday night in his presentation to the community.

The site is currently a blacktop lot used for classroom trailers for the Frank R. Conwell School (PS 3). As a result of the planned microunit development, Conwell students are already being bused to schools outside the neighborhood.

At a meeting held Tuesday night at the Brightside Tavern residents argued that the development, which Rushman said will be designed for the twentysomething generation, does not belong in the family-oriented historic Van Vorst neighborhood. In addition, residents also expressed concerns about the affect the development will have parking and quality of life issues during construction.

Condo owners who live in the building next to the Bright and Varick site also suspected that the building might be too close to their home to continue required maintenance to the façade of their building.

Several residents said that the downtown neighborhood associations are exploring the possibility of a lawsuit against the city for approving this development on Oct. 4 and for creating the redevelopment plan that covers the corner of Bright and Varick streets.

Should a lawsuit be filed it would filed it could prevent Rushman Dillon from its planned groundbreaking in the first quarter of 2014. The development company had planned to complete the rental residential development by the end of next year. – E. Assata Wright

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October 09, 2013
FACT: CORRECTION:the tiny apts. are 250 - 275 sq feet

FACT: CITY HALL declared the proposed lot "blighted", a technichal zoning dept. term, while preK andK were still there. They are now bussed away.

FACT: once designated as "blighted" it was zoned out of it's own Historic District and quickly sold to a developer.

FACT: Developer stated no requirements (size, # of units, etc.,) were asked him and none have been asked since by CITY HALL.

FACT:the developer admitted at the Brightside meeting that he has NEVER done micro unit experimental housing before

FACT: Mayor Fulop who voted for this while he was a city councilman has DONE nothing for us.

Business as usual in CITY HALL. There is no more waterfront left, now they are selling off our backyards. THIS is coming to a corner near you if we don't fight for our cchildren and our communities.
October 11, 2013
Mayor Steven Fulop must protect our neighborhood and stop this corruption. Greed and Political Corruption must be stopped. The people of the Van Vorst Park Historical District will not stop fighting to have the truth exposed, and prevent this developer from destroying our Historical Brownstone Community. Families and local citizens unite to stop this atrocity. Let Mayor Fulop know how you feel about this 87 Unit apartment building proposed for Bright Street.
October 28, 2013
The building of an 87 micro-unit building is a disaster!

With no parking, are you kidding me?

This is going to make Bright street totally over crowded!

As it is between Brightside Tavern and the school parking for people who live on this street is already terrible.

This is going to cause complete chaos.

This developer's need to come here on a school morning when the streets cleaners are here, school employees trying to park, kids, buses, and residents are trying to put there cars somewhere!