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RECAP:
Mayor Fulop arranged a Town Hall Meeting regarding the Bright & Varick Redevelopment Plan and the 87 Micro Units planned for 268 Varick Street this past Monday evening. Despite the last minute nature of the meeting, the council chambers was respectfully crowded and neighbors voiced their dissatisfaction with the project. The Jersey Journal reported on the evening. Please read this article for the full recap.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2013/11/downtown_jersey_city_residents_flay_fulop_over_microunit_development.html

GOING FORWARD:
The last 2 days we have met with and retained a lawyer who will be preparing a brief in the coming days outlining the legal basis that this project is not possible without density variances. We will be sending the brief first to the Mayor and will await his response. According to our legal counsel, the density standards of the R1 district (8-9 units) are still in effect for this property. We must encourage the Mayor and Council to hold off any approvals or the sale of the property until they fully read and understand the brief. This week we ask that you reach out to our At Large Council Members–

Call Rolando Lavarro: 201.547.5268
Call Joyce Watterman: 201.547.5134
Call Daniel Rivera: 201.547.5319

Make sure to leave a message and ask them to return your call–
And Tell them: “Please encourage the Mayor to hold off any approvals or the sale of the property until he fully reads and understands the brief coming his way.”

DONATE:
Here– use our donate button on the Homepage or go to brightandvarick.blogspot.com–

FUNDRAISER:
We are organizing a fundraiser for our legal defense…check your emails for the date soon to be announced! We promise to make a it a fun night!!

KEEP AT IT:
Phone calls, talking to our neighbors and local businesses, posters–
THIS IS NOT A DONE DEAL–WE’VE SHAKEN UP THE POWERS THAT BE
STAY THE COURSE!!!!!!

KEEP US IN THE LOOP:
If you are emailing Steve or Council as was requested at the Town Hall Meeting, please cc us in your emails as well. VVPANEWS@gmail.com. We would like to keep a record of all the opinions of our neighbors.

THANKS!!!!!

Our Mayor decided after our hundreds of phone calls last week to schedule a Town Hall Meeting regarding the Bright & Varick (268 Varick Street) 87 Micro Unit Plan.

Candice Osbourne tweeted last night that the meeting is indeed being held SOMEWHERE in City Hall (no location set as of yet) and at 6pm

The VVPA is aware this is a difficult time for many of our working neighbors to attend a meeting but we have not been involved in the setting the time or date or location. Our only hope is that many concerned citizens will come and voice their opinions directly to our Mayor.

Thanks. We will see you there.

MAYOR CALLS FOR A TOWN HALL MEETING

Mayor Fulop holding a Town Hall Meeting

Monday November 4th 6pm, Location: To Be Determined.

After our hundreds of phone calls, the Mayor has decided to hold a Town Hall meeting to discuss openly our issues regarding the Bright & Varick Redevelopment plan and the proposed 87 micro units.

If you need to reacquaint yourself with the project, process, our issues & concerns, previous letters to the administration, transcripts & videos please check out www.brightandvarick.blogspot.com

The VVPA is holding an emergency meeting to decide our strategy for the Mayor’s meeting. Join us Sunday November 3rd at 7pm at the Barrow Mansion, 83 Wayne Street.

Thanks–
REMINDER:
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 5th IS ELECTION DAY!
DON’T FORGET TO VOTE!!

Halloween SUCCESS!!!

01 Nov 2013, Posted by Oona Moore in News You Can Use

What an AMAZING turnout!!  We lost count but there were hundreds of Supermans, Batmans, Princesses, Zombies,Stormtroopers (big day for Star Wars costumes!) elephants, monkeys, kitty cats, and one dog dressed up like a skunk.  Friends of Van Vorst Park member & all around great neighbor Jeff, found and bought all the fun blow up decorations!! Thanks Jeff!!

Children were polite, parents were appreciative and we are thankful that we were able to make this Halloween one for neighbors in Van Vorst Park to remember.

Favorite line from the night, when asked what the magic words for the night were…one little costumed boy answered “CANDY”  (correct answer was “trick or treat”. he got candy anyhow!!)

 

For all those who asked us about the Bright & Varick Redevelopment plan–make sure to go to:  www.brightandvarick.blogspot.com for all the background and current actions being taken including who to call this week….

Bright & Varick Action Day 2

31 Oct 2013, Posted by Oona Moore in News You Can Use

KEEP AT IT!!!

Thank you all for your support yesterday in calling City Hall. KEEP CALLING!! If you called yesterday and left a message and did not hear back, call again. If you didn’t call yesterday, CALL!!!!!! If they insist you email instead, say NO!!!
Demand to leave a message.
NO EMAILS!!!! WE WANT PHONE CALLS!!!!!
THEY NEED TO HEAR US!!!!!!!! PRESSURE IS WHAT WE WANT!!!

Tell them that you OPPOSE 268 Varick Street, The Bright & Varick Redevelopment Plan and demand for a full review by city government that includes COMMUNITY INPUT!!!

You can also go to City Hall in person and file a complaint.
And while you’re there… Make sure to put some flyers on the cars in the City Hall parking lot behind City Hall and the lot on the corner of Montgomery and Marin (great idea from neighbor Sheridan!!!!).

Don’t forget we will be in VVP from 4-8pm Thursday TODAY (Halloween) stop by, pick up some flyers, tell your neighbors to stop by too and sign our petition. Hear our plans–get involved!!

And keep donating. At www.vvpa.org or brightandvarick.blogspot.com

Thanks to all—ONWARD!!

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Van Vorst Park Association
83 Wayne Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
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BRIGHT & VARICK ACTION!!!!!

30 Oct 2013, Posted by Oona Moore in News You Can Use

ACTION

Last night we made a plan .
We need everyone’s attention and commitment!

TODAY/THIS WEEK: PHONE CALLS-EVERYDAY!!!!!
Ward E: Candice Osbourne 201.547.5315
Ward F: Diane Coleman 201.547.5338
Mayor Fulop: 201.547.4900
TELL THEM TODAY–you OPPOSE the 268 Varick Street Micro Units and demand they call for a full review by City Government that includes community input!
CITY HALL NEEDS TO KNOW WE’RE NOT BACKING DOWN!
ASK 3 PEOPLE ON YOUR BLOCK OR BUILDING TO MAKE THE CALLS TOO!

WE NEED TO APPLY PRESSURE EVERYDAY!
THIS IS JUST THE BEGINNING!
If you haven’t called today, please do so. Leave a message, ask to speak with them directly. Emails are not encouraged–speaking to the voters that put them in office is important.

WE NEED TO GET THE WORD OUT-
We have flyers, they will change weekly. We can send you one, make some copies and put them on cars, in mailslots…anywhere and everywhere. ‘
EMAIL vvpanews@gmail.com for a PDF of the flyer or download our flyers and talking points at brightandvarick.blogspot.com
JOIN US IN VVP ON HALLOWEEN FROM 4-8 TO SPREAD THE WORD &
FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION

WE NEED MONEY
We are hiring a law firm this week. We need funds.
We need to raise at least $10,000 by the end of the week.
DONATE:
Go to vvpa.org/Make a Donation button or
brightandvarick.blogspot.com/Donate

All donations are tax-deductible–we are a 501c3.
We will send an email receipt for your records.

JOIN OUR FACEBOOK PAGE & or GO TO VVPA.ORG FOR UPDATES.
Next week:
We need volunteers to work the voting locations and pass out flyers.
Email vvpanews@gmail.com if you can volunteer-we will provide the flyers.
Upcoming weeks:
We will need masses to go to Planning Office and review plans
We will need masses to attend Planning Board Meeting
We will need to continue calling the rest of our council members

The City’s hands may be tied–ours are not!
CALL!! ACT! DONATE!!!

On Friday, the VVPA met with Steve Fulop and Candice Osbourne to discuss the overwhelming issues our community has with the 87 micro units in our neighborhood. Despite what the City had said in the Hudson Reporter, they can not support the community against this development because they believe their hands are tied both financially and legally.

Despite Mayor Fulop’s opinion. .. this is not over. We have been told we have a legitimate case legally, procedurally, and on principal and your involvement is key.

Tuesday night we will be discussing our plan of action. We have outlined strategies and will be assigning jobs. We need everyone’s involvement and attention at this time. It is extremely important to make this meeting. If you can not, please send a representative in your place.

We need your voice, your presence and DONATIONS to convince our Mayor to do the right thing and stand up for the community and not to defend outside developers.

It is imperative that we raise as much money as we can in the coming weeks to retain a law firm. Since the Van Vorst Park Association is a non profit 501c3 organization, all donations are tax deductible. You can donate via PayPal at brightandvarick.blogspot.com. You can also send a check to the VVPA at 83 Wayne Street Jersey City NJ 07302. PLEASE share the donation information with all your neighbors.

All donations shall be used toward the Bright and Varick legal defense. Please note so on your check or online donation. Donations shall be tracked and if funds are not necessary, (we hope) monies can be reimbursed a proportional amount to the funds spent.

Come to our meeting on Tuesday night October 29th-7:30pm at the Barrow Mansion, hear our plans and find out how to participate and have your voices heard!!!!

October 2013 VVPA Meeting Minutes

26 Oct 2013, Posted by admin in Minutes

Ellen Simon & Micheline Amy-Board of Education Candidates

Ellen & Micheline spoke with us briefly on their background and goals
if they were to be elected to the Board of Education. They both have children in public schools here in Jersey City and have been active PTA members. Some of the highlights of their campaign…longer school days for our children to allow time for recess, expanding the federally funded school breakfast program, bringing translators to BOE meetings and having them start later to accommodate parents coming home from work, engaging Neighborhood Associations with their local schools, etc. Great meeting them and we wish them luck.
PLEASE MAKE SURE TO VOTE ON NOVEMBER 5th.

CAKE LUSH 437 Jersey Ave:
Our construction liaison gave an update on CAKE LUSH/CARVEL, LLC at the corner of Bright & Jersey. This property has been denied a zoning variance in the past for restaurant use, appealed and lost in NJ Supreme Court and was denied by Historic Preservation Commission last month. The same applicant will be asking for the same variance this evening at the Zoning Board of Adjustments, City Council Chamber, City Hall at 6pm. Please come and voice your concerns. STOP BY on your way home from work!

BRIGHT & VARICK REDEVELOPMENT :
Latest update and strategy meeting for the Bright & Varick Redevelopment project. We have uploaded all our research on this project to a website. If anyone is looking for more information, feel free to direct them to: http://www.brightandvarick.blogspot.com/–

We are still unsure when the developer will present his plans to the Planning Board. We were unable to obtain a set of plans to post on our blog. The JCRA told us that the developer “is concerned with having plans privately reviewed that are not approved by the Planning Department.” You can call the Planning office at 201.547.5010 and ask when they will be available to view. Or if you can go to Planning office: 30 Montgomery 14th Floor. We will let you all know as soon as we do when this in on the Planning Board agenda.

We discussed fundraising. We’ve added a donate button under the What You Can Do page on our blogspot.

REMINDERS:

Thursday October 24th 7-9pm-BOE Candidate Forum
The HPHA will host a BOE Candidate Forum at PS16 Bradford School 96 Sussex Street. Free and open to the public.

Thursday October 31st 4-?? HALLOWEEN in Van Vorst Park!!
We’re back!!!! Ready for a Ghoul Time??? Stop by for candy, hot cider and spooktacular fun with the Van Vorst Park Association and Friends of Van Vorst Park on Halloween. After darkness, 8:30pm, Hudson Shakespeare Company will be performing a special Halloween treat…

J City Theater is BACK!!
October 11th through 26th 8pm Wednesdays through Saturdays
J CITY Theater launches their 8th Season with Apartment 3A, written by actor and playwright Jeff Daniels. The play is a sardonic romantic comedy that revolves around Annie Wilson, a public television employee who loses her faith in God, men and even PBS. Underground Theater at St Michaels Church 252 9th Street Jersey City. Check out http://www.jcity.org/ for more info!!