January 2014 VVPA Newsletter

18 Jan 2014, Posted by Oona Moore in Meeting Agendas, News You Can Use

A brief update on the latest developments as of Friday January 17th for the Bright & Varick Redevelopment Plan:

The Office of Housing, Economic Development and Commerce issued a letter to Michael Rushman and his lawyers stating that the “proposed 87 micro unit project at 268 Varick is denied based on ambiguity pertaining to density”. He cited the letter our lawyers wrote to the city on our behalf saying that it “raises important questions and presents me with doubt as to whether or not your application would require a “d” variance for density under this redevelopment plan” (Read the full letter here). He goes on to say that they can appeal and have 20 days to do so.


HOWEVER…..We are not sure what happens next but we know the fight is NOT OVER…will they appeal? Will they take the city to court? Will they apply for a variance? We continue to retain our lawyers. We can use your continued support. We will be having a series of fundraisers soon. In the meantime, any donation will help us with our legal fees. You can donate online at vvpa.org. Or bring your check books to the meeting on Tuesday!!


Ryan Strother- Director of Recreation for Jersey City

Ryan will join us Tuesday to talk about his vision for the Department of Recreation. He has been working hard on this years upcoming events around town and will take questions and suggestions from our members.

Jeff Zak-Liberty Harbor North

Jeff has joined us in the past trying to keep us up to date on the latest developments in Liberty Harbor North. On Tuesday, he will be sharing with us preliminary plans and ideas for the property across from the Brownstone Diner and is hoping for a discussion with our insight and input.


SNOWBALL-Saturday January 25th Truly a great time—get your tickets now! There is still time to find that fabulous outfit!! http://www.arthouseproductions.org/

Celebrating 10 years… Hudson Restaurant Week returns with 40+ participating restaurants in Jersey City, Hoboken, Bayonne, and Edgewater/Weehawken areas. For participating list – visit: http://www.hudsonrestaurantweek.com

Our resident VVP chamber music group performs Sunday January 19th at the Barrow Mansion. Check out all the information at: http://www.convivomusic.org/

Get your free tickets for a concert and fireworks in LSP on Monday January 27th from 7:30- 9pm. Bundle up and head on over. Check out: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/super-bowl-kickoff-spectacular-concert-starring-macys-fireworks-tickets-10071019691

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