January 2018 VVPA Monthly Meeting Minutes

20 Jan 2018, Posted by admin in Minutes

Meeting Minutes –January 16, 2018 

7:15 pm – Call to Order / Opening Remarks- President Ben Bernouy

  • North River Sing –  The community chorus presents “Best of Broadway (1970-1999)” – January 28,  4 PM, St. Matthews Lutheran Church (85 Wayne St.)
  • Annual Homeless Point in Time Count (PITC) – January 24 – If you or someone you know is interested in volunteering for the PITC or making a donation for clients experiencing homelessness, please complete the following survey. Questions? Contact Katelyn Cunningham: kcunningham@hcnj.us
  • Drawing Rooms Fundraiser & Art Show – 1/12 – 2/17/18
  • East District Captains Meeting – January meeting CANCELLED

Officer/Committee Reports

Treasurer Report – Dermot Ronan

  • Still due checks from other neighborhood associations for DCNA holiday party
  • Anticipating legal expenses in 2018

Construction Committee Report – Tom Ogorzalek

  • Bright and Varick: automatic approval went through – City/JCRC still negotiating
  • 328 Montgomery – tabled by planning board at Jan 6 meeting
  • 333 Grand St (Jersey Ave and Grand) update – at the moment, they are no longer allowed to work on the exterior of the building (zoning violation due to use of EIFS); developer is looking for ways to provide community give backs to neighborhood.

Guest Speakers

  • Developer Presentation – 38 Mercer Street
    • Follow up presentation by owner and architect after November 2017 meeting
    • Mercer St. historic firehouse
    • Returned with full set of floor plans/revised drawings
    • Will require changes in language to Mercer Redevelopment Plan to add language that’s specific to the project
    • 2 story addition – historic reconstruction – intent to have green roof system
    • Commercial (Retail) space/ 1 live/work + keep existing parking space
    • Adaptive reuse of the building – only specific to this building

Adjournment: 9:30 PM

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