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Thank you all again for your continued feedback and suggestions regarding the Jersey Avenue Bridge Extension.  On  August 31st, 2015, The Downtown Coalition of Neighborhood Associations (DCNA) submitted a letter on behalf of the community to the Deputy Mayor and City Council to continue to highlight the myriad of community concerns surrounding the Jersey Ave Bridge Extension.  The letter calls for the City to mandate a new traffic and community impact study as a precondition for the implementation of the Extension.  In addition as well as calls for the City to create a Master Plan to proactively address development in our City.  This latest DCNA letter supplements the July 8th, 2015 VVPA letter that was submitted on behalf of the community to the City and the Turnpike Authority to express similar concerns.  At this time, neither letter has garnered a response – we will keep you posted as soon as a response is received to either communication.  Click here to view a copy of the DCNA letter.

July 2015 VVPA Monthly Newsletter

09 Jul 2015, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Meeting Agendas, News You Can Use

July 2015 Monthly VVPA Newsletter

We meet the third Tuesday of every month. Our Next Meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 21st, 2015 at 7:00 PM* in The Barrow Mansion, located at 83 Wayne St.

*Please note that as a result of community input, we have moved our regular monthly meeting time from 7:30pm to 7:00pm.

Monthly Meeting Details & Agenda
Whether you are new to the neighborhood or a long-time resident, this is YOUR COMMUNITY. Stop by and have a glass a wine on us, while you meet neighbors and learn about what’s going on here in your historic neighborhood!

At this month’s meeting, Sam Pesin, President of Friends of LIberty State Park, will be joining us to discuss Private Development in Liberty State Park. Come on out to hear Mr. Pesin speak, and stay informed as to what is happening in your community.

Agenda:

7:00pm – Call to Order – President Oona Moore
7:00pm – 7:15pm – Officer & Committee Reports

  • Treasurer Report – Tom Ogorzalek
  • Construction Committee Report – Tom Ogorzalek
  • Bright & Varick Committee Report– Ceci de Leon
  • Events Committee Report – Eric Carter/Marlene Sandkamp

7:15pm – 7:30pm – New Business

  • Community input is welcomed for any new issues/concerns affecting our community.

7:30pm – 8:30pm – Guest Speaker

  • Sam Pesin, President, Friends of Liberty State Park

8:30pm – 9:00pm – Announcements & Community networking

News You Can Use
As always, we bring you items of interest that affect our community. This month we are featuring two items of note.

  • NJ State Fire Fighter Exam Applications are being accepted through 8/31/15. For additional information, please see the Civil Service Commission website.
  • The Bethune Center, 140 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, is sponsoring Financial Literacy Workshops every other Tuesday, from 7:30pm – 8:45pm. These workshops are free and open to the public. For more information on this workshop, or any of the other exciting activities at the Bethune Center, click here.

Community Events
Below is just a partial list of the many, many wonderful events happening in the Van Vorst neighborhood and throughout our city. If you have a community event that you’d like featured in our newsletter, please reach out to us at vvpanews@gmail.com.

VVPA Events
Films in Van Vorst – Wednesdays throughout the summer, Dusk
The 11th season of Films in Van Vorst is in full swing! Every other Wednesday throughout the summer, Films in Van Vorst shows FREE movies under the stars in Van Vorst Park. Bring a chair, bring a friend – they’ll supply the popcorn. For additional information or a full schedule, click on the Films in Van Vorst link.

Other Jersey City Events
Run to End Domestic Violence – July 19th, 7:30am
Come out to Liberty State Park (North Cove Field, 1 Audrey Zapp Drive) on Sunday, 7/19/15 to join the run to end Domestic Violence.

Hudson Restaurant Week – July 27th – August 7th
Hudson Restaurant Week is back! From July 27th – August 7th, enjoy local meals at discounted rates. For more information, click here.

Van Vorst Park Farmer’s Market – Saturdays, May – December, 8am
The weekly farmers market, brought to you by the Friends of Van Vorst Park, is in full swing! The farmer’s market runs from 8am – 3pm on Saturdays from May – December by the Gazebo in Van Vorst Park. Stop by for some delicious local food and goods!

Summerfest Concert Series – Tuesdays, 7pm
Enjoy this free outdoor concert series from 7pm-9pm on Tuesday eventings from July 14th – September 8th in Liberty State Park (the Gardens behind LIberty House Restaurant). For more information, click here.

Groove on Grove – Wednesdays, 6pm
An Outdoor Weekly Music series featuring local Jersey City bands. Groove on Grove runs Wednesdays from 6pm – 9pm in the Grove St PATH Plaza. For more information, or a detailed schedule of events, click on the Groove on Grove link.

The 6th Borough Market – 2nd & 4th Sundays of the month, 11am
A family-friendly outdoor market in historic downtown Jersey City on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of every month from 11am – 5pm. This market, located at the corner of Marin Blvd. and Montgomery St, features delicious food, fabulous finds, and great times! For more information or a detailed schedule, click on the The 6th Borough Market link.

Important City Public Meetings
Below is a partial list of important City Public Meetings that members of the community may be interested in attending. For the full schedule and location details, please refer to the Public Meetings Calendar found on the City of Jersey City website.

July City Council Meetings will be held on 7/15 (10 am meeting)
July Historic Preservation Commission Meeting will be held on 7/20
July Zoning Board Meeting will be held on 7/23
July Planning Board Meetings will be held on 7/21

August City Council Meetings will be held on 8/19
August Historic Preservation Commission Meeting will be held on 8/17
August Zoning Board Meeting will be held on 8/20
August Planning Board Meetings will be held on 8/4 and 8/18

Thanks to our Generous Sponsors!
We’d like to thank our sponsors Dixon Leasing: a subsidiary of Dixon Advisory, Silverman: Building Neighborhoods, PSE&G, Jersey City Medical Center/Barnabas Health and the Friends of Van Vorst Park for their generous donations. Without our sponsors, we would not be able to bring you so many FREE or low-cost events throughout the year. We encourage all of you to support these businesses and let them know that you appreciate their donations! If you are a local business that would like to become a VVPA sponsor, please reach out to us at vvpanews@gmail.com.
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June 2015 VVPA Meeting Minutes

01 Jul 2015, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Minutes

Meeting Minutes – June 16th, 2015

7:10pm – Call to Order – President Oona Moore

  • Reminder that we are all volunteers – we are working on documenting processes to make it easier for all to volunteer in the future
  • Working on getting tips onto the website for how to contact elected officials
  • September nominations; October elections for board positions

 

Officer / Committee Reports

Treasurer Report – Tom Ogorzalek

  • All accounts in good standing. As a reminder, the funds that are raised by VVPA go towards community enhancements/events.

Construction Committee Report – Tom Ogorzalek

  • Last month – Columbus redevelopment plan project. A lot of community input. Collected all emails and concerns and sent letters to elected officials, Mayor, City Council & planning committee. Community in favor of development, but it should be in accordance with development plan.
    • Next step? Committee will reach out to Planning on this.
    • History: owners of the property created the development plan, but that deal fell through. They want to change redevelopment plan based on income projection that parking lot will generate.
  • 243-245 York St. – proposed addition to garage (build on top of it). Looking to expand a non-conforming use so will have to go in front of historic and planning.
  • No construction started on York St. project
  • No news on 3 projects that another developer wanted to do on York St. Developer doing redesign
  • Important Public Meetings – All are encouraged to attend and learn more about what is going on in your neighborhood.
    • Monday 22nd – Turnpike Authority meeting on Jersey Ave. Extension – 5pm City Hall
    • Tuesday 23rd – City Hall property study (non-condemnation study). No current redevelopment plan, but one may be in the works.

Bright & Varick Committee Report– Ceci de Leon

  • Motion to Oppose to Motion to Supplement – denied by judge. Rushman offered us settlement to stop the appeal. Made options and offers. Legal committed convened, Corporate Council wanted to get together
    • 16 units on corner of Bright & Varick – best option
    • Corporate council asked for what VVPA wants – ideally parking on 1st floor if 5 stories, no parking if only 4 stories. At this time we did not ask for legal fees as Corporate council essentially thought it might be a deal breaker.

Events Committee Report – Eric Carter/Marlene Sandkamp

  • Films underway! Runs every other Wednesday in summer, schedule available on filmsinvanvorst.com.
  • Summer Salsa in the Park – June 20th, 7pm; Disco in the Park – August (date TBD).
  • Potential Golf Tournament in September
  • Always looking for volunteers! Come 30-45 minutes before films to set up, or stay behind to help pack away the movies paraphernalia. Send an email to vvpanews@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering for Films or any of the other community events.

 

Guest Speakers

Deputy Mayor Marcos Vigil

Attorney by trade, started this year in JC. His role essentially is:

  • Economic Development/Real Estate Development – usually gets involved in a big projects and projects outside of the norm, meets with Planning & HEDC and new innovation team (Grant from Bloomberg Foundation to development main street businesses/permitting processes).
  • Interacts with JCRA/MUA/EDC (separate entities from the city). Dialogue with the city for overall policy, but they report to their own board
  • Push for Affordable Housing
    • MLK Drive and Monticello Ave (Ward F). Area has been ignored by largely by previous administrations, trying to make amends now.
    • Pep Boys facility – 20% affordable at 80% of AMI (Market Rate) for 20 years (Pilot Program). Formula is based on HUD Guidelines. For this project, it is specifically called out for how many of each type of unit is required (X number of 2-BRs, X number of 1-BRs, etc.).
    • Want to balance how we do development and the types of citizens that gravitate towards JC.
  • Master Plan for the City? Would be ideal if we had the right staff or if the city had developed at the same rate across the city. Not in the works at the moment. City needs to take more of a leadership role in pushing for community concerns (parks, transit within the city, etc.) as well as others that may not be in the City’s jurisdiction (PATH, schools, etc.). Need to take advantage of what developers want to get what city/community wants.
    • Need a more systematic and effective process for getting notified of development (not a handshake encouragement – needs to be more firm).
    • Using “Inadequate Staffing” as a reason is not acceptable to the community. What about Open Sourcing, Competition, Turn to Citizens to pull on their resources?
  • RRC is best way to get quick action and get guided to the right department.
  • Ordinance passed streamlining cultural affairs processes and making cultural affairs department responsible for helping manage the process. Working on putting this online to be able to track where you are in the process.
    • Met with SID recently to address concerns of small business and how events impact the community. Sometimes these events have a material impact on the small businesses.

Joyce Watterman

  • Working on improving process for disseminating information to community re: development
  • Bring concerns to your council people and they will do their best to fight it
  • She is an advocate for affordable housing
  • Work closely with councilpersons
  • Public notices is a major issue that has been skirted over for years. Needs to be fixed. Why can’t we put an ordinance in place to make this a requirement? We also need to know when redevelopment plans are amended. Candice created an ordinance for the redevelopment plan notification, Joyce will ask her to include notifications in the ordinance.
  • Is City equipped to address Jersey Ave Extension? If we can’t fix simple things like traffic lights, how do we have hope for major things like the bridge? Need to look at community input into concerns. We need to hold our professionals to a higher standard!
  • Suggest having Directors (such as Traffic Engineering Director Joe Disouzza?) come to Community to come to our meetings. Could this be coordinated to be more community-wide?
  • Joyce suggested Town Hall meetings to Council – not approved yet, but still under consideration.

Announcements & Community networking

  • Reminders:
    • Monday 22nd – Turnpike Authority meeting on Jersey Ave. Extension – 5pm -8pm, City Hall. Reach out to elected officials to encourage them to come to this meeting to understanding our concerns (Freeholders, Assembly people, committee people, etc.)
    • Tuesday 23rd – City Hall property study (non-condemnation study). No current redevelopment plan, but one may be in the works.
  • Full listing of events and announcements available on June Monthly Newsletter
  • Allison will follow up with Block Captain idea

Adjournment – 9:15 pm

June 2015 VVPA Monthly Newsletter

09 Jun 2015, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Meeting Agendas, News You Can Use

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June 2015 Monthly Newsletter

We meet the third Tuesday of every month. Our Next Meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 at 7:00 PM* in The Barrow Mansion, located at 83 Wayne St.

*Please note that as a result of community input, we have moved our regular monthly meeting time from 7:30pm to 7:00pm.

Monthly Meeting Details & Agenda
Whether you are new to the neighborhood or a long-time resident, this is YOUR COMMUNITY. Stop by and have a glass a wine on us, while you meet neighbors and learn about what’s going on here in your historic neighborhood!

At this month’s meeting, Councilwoman-at-large Joyce Watterman will be joining us to discuss hot issues that are currently before the City Council and Deputy Mayor Marcos Vigil will be discussing the responsibilities of, and contact names/numbers in, the various departments that operate under the Office of the Mayor. Come on out to hear Ms. Watterman and Mr. Vigil speak and stay informed as to what is happening in your community.

Agenda:
7:00pm – Call to Order – President Oona Moore 7:00pm – 7:15pm – Officer & Committee Reports

  • Treasurer Report – Tom Ogorzalek
  • Construction Committee Report – Tom Ogorzalek
  • Bright & Varick Committee Report– Ceci de Leon
  • Events Committee Report – Eric Carter/Marlene Sandkamp

7:15pm – 7:30pm – New Business

  • Community input is welcomed for any new issues/concerns affecting our community.

7:30pm – 8:30pm – Guest Speakers

  • Joyce Watterman (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  • Deputy Mayor Marcos Vigil (8:00pm – 8:30pm)

8:30pm – 9:00pm – Announcements & Community networking

News You Can Use
As always, we bring you as many items of interest that affect our community. This month we are featuring three items of note.

  • Thank you all for the terrific turnout at our May VVPA meeting and follow up meeting regarding the Columbus Project Redevelopment Plan (corner of Christopher Columbus Drive and Barrow Street). The VVPA has submitted a letter to the Mayor, City Council and City Planning summarizing the feedback from the community. Additionally, as a result of community feedback, the VVPA will be posting tips and contact names/numbers of your elected officials on the Van Vorst Park Association website. Members of the community who would like to reach out to their elected officials to expresstheir concerns about this or any future development projects may find this information useful.
  • Mayor Fulop has established Jersey City VISTAS (JC VISTAS), a federally-funded volunteer project that will address the needs of low-income residents by expanding economic opportunity, engaging youth and strengthening communities. For additional information, please see the program details on the City of Jersey City website.
  • Mayor Fulop has instituted expanded hours at the Building Department to include Saturdays from 9am – 1pm to provide residents with access to the office to complete applications, for contractor registrations, to pick up documents and permits and other administrative business. For more information, click here.

Community Events
Below is just a partial list of the many, many wonderful events happening in the Van Vorst neighborhood and throughout our city. If you have a community event that you’d like featured in our newsletter, please reach out to us at vvpanews@gmail.com.

VVPA Events
Films in Van Vorst – Wednesdays throughout the summer, starting June 10th, 8pm
The 11th season of Films in Van Vorst is here! Starting 6/10, and continuing every other Wednesday throughout the summer, Films in Van Vorst shows FREE movies under the stars in Van Vorst Park. Bring a chair, bring a friend – they’ll supply the popcorn. For additional information or a full schedule, click on the Films in Van Vorst link.

Van Vorst Boogie’s Summer Salsa Night – Saturday, June 20th, 7pm

On Saturday, 6/20, get your summer swing on with Van Vorst Boogie’s Summer Salsa Night. They will teach you the basics then you can dance the night away in our beautiful park! This FREE event, being held by the Gazebo in Van Vorst Park, runs from 7:00pm -10:30pm. For more information, click on the link for the Van Vorst Boogie’s Summer Salsa Night, or check out their Facebook page.

Other Jersey City Events
North River Sing – Friday, June 12th, 8pm
Come on out to hear the North River Sing Spring Concernt, featurning all your favorite Jazz standards and Showtunes! Concert will be held on Friday, June 12th at 8pm in St. Matthew’s Church (83 Wayne Street). Admission is FREE, with a requested donation.

Hamilton Park Festival – Saturday, June 13th, 10am

Join our neighbors to the North for the 30th Hamilton Park Festival. The festival is being held on Saturday, 6/13 from 10am – 6pm (rain date Sunday, 6/14), featuring live entertainment, food, vendors, crafts, children’s activities. For more information, click on the link for the Hamilton Park Festival.

Freedom & Fireworks Festival – Saturday, July 4th, 1pm

On Saturday, 7/4, there will be a Freedom & Fireworks Festival in Liberty State Park from 1:00 PM – 10:00 PM. Stay tuned to the City of Jersey City website for further information!

Van Vorst Park Farmer’s Market – Saturdays, May – December, 8am

The weekly farmers market, brought to you by the Friends of Van Vorst Park, is in full swing! The farmer’s market runs from 8am – 5pm on Saturdays from May – December by the Gazebo in Van Vorst Park. Stop by for some delicious local food and goods!

Groove on Grove – Wednesdays, 6pm

An Outdoor Weekly Music series featuring local Jersey City bands. Groove on Grove runs Wednesdays from 6pm – 9pm in the Grove St PATH Plaza. For more information, or a detailed schedule of events, click on the Groove on Grove link.

The 6th Borough Market – 2nd & 4th Sundays of the month, 11am

A family-friendly outdoor market in historic downtown Jersey City on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of every month from 11am – 5pm. This market, located at the corner of Marin Blvd. and Montgomery St, features delicious food, fabulous finds, and great times! For more information or a detailed schedule, click on the The 6th Borough Market link.

Important City Public Meetings
Below is a partial list of important City Public Meetings that members of the community may be interested in attending. For the full schedule and location details, please refer to the Public Meetings Calendar found on the City of Jersey City website.
June City Council Meetings will be held on 6/10 and 6/24
June Historic Preservation Commission Meeting will be held on 6/15
June Zoning Board Meeting will be held on 6/18
June Planning Board Meetings will be held on 6/9 and 6/23
July City Council Meetings will be held on 7/1 and 7/15 (10 am meeting)
July Historic Preservation Commission Meeting will be held on 7/20
July Zoning Board Meeting will be held on 7/23
July Planning Board Meetings will be held on 7/7 and 7/21.

Thanks to our Generous Sponsors!
We’d like to thank our sponsors Dixon Leasing: a subsidiary of Dixon Advisory, Silverman: Building Neighborhoods, PSE&G, Jersey City Medical Center/Barnabas Health and the Friends of Van Vorst Park for their generous donations. Without our sponsors, we would not be able to bring you so many FREE or low-cost events throughout the year. We encourage all of you to support these businesses and let them know that you appreciate their donations! If you are a local business that would like to become a VVPA sponsor, please reach out to us at vvpanews@gmail.com.

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May 2015 VVPA Meeting Minutes

03 Jun 2015, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Minutes

Meeting Minutes – May 19th, 2015

Call to Order – 7:05 pm Officer/Committee Reports

  • Treasurer Report – Tom Ogorzalek
    • All accounts in good standing. As a reminder, the funds that are raised by VVPA go towards community enhancements/events.
  • Construction Liaison Report – Tom Ogorzalek
    • 128 Bright St – part of redevelopment plan, got approvals, delayed construction but should start in ~30 days.
    • 265 York St – will start construction in ~15-20 days, will post sign w/ phone #s on site.
    • Bright & Barrow – storefront glass going in – Tom will review plans to see if it the construction conforms to the approved plan. It was approved years ago by Historic Board. The project is part of the Bright Street redevelopment plan.
    • Concerns have been raised regarding the building under construction on the corner of Barrow and Wayne. (Delforno Building) – Historic Board approved it already, but it appears that construction is taking a long time and appears to be stopped.
  • Bright & Varick Committee – Ceci DeLeon
    • VVPA attorneys filed a Motion to supplement the record; The Developer’s attorney then filed Motion of Opposition to that. VVPA attorneys then filed a Motion Requesting Leave to reply to that (basically to oppose developer’s opposition). We are currently waiting to see if the Motions will be accepted into the record.
  • Events/Cultural Affairs Committee –Marlene Sandkamp
    • June 10th – first showing of 11thAnnual Films in Van Vorst. Movies will be every other Wednesday in the summer, rain date is the following week. Rain announcements are posted on JC List, tweeted, and emailed. Popcorn available!
    • June 20th – Van Vorst Salsa night – will have DJ & dance instructor, food truck available to purchase food
    • August 22nd– 2nd annual disco in the park
    • Special Donation – Dixon Advisory is supporting by making a $10K donation to the Films in Van Vorst. 237 Montgomery Street is most recent renovation —- Rebecca is available to give neighbors a tour to see what types of renovations Dixon does (tour before June 15th!)
    • Always looking for volunteers! Come 30-45 minutes before films to set up, or stay behind to help pack away the movies paraphernalia. Send an email to vvpanews@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering for Films or any of the other community events.

 

Issues for the Good of the Community

  • Canopy onbodega on Wayne– gates always down, aesthetically unsightly.
    • Call/use RRC app for Mayor’s residence response center
  • Jersey Ave & Newark St. – potted plants/benches – benches are facing the street, not potted plants.
    • Write letter to City Parks/Recreation because city owns benches
  • Who issues parking permits? Building on Barrow/Wayne – permits for 4-5 cars for months on end
    • Call/use RRC app for Mayor’s residence response center
  • First time attendee – Chairman of Board for JCMC – all neighbors invited to behind the scenes enhancing life tour. Next tour June 9th. New Women’s Health Center opening on Grove Street by PATH.

Guest Speakers

  • Jonathan Schwartz & David Minno of BNE Group
  • Project located on corner of Barrow & Columbus. Currently there is a historic 4 story brick building and large parking lot on the site (comes mid-block between Columbus & Wayne).
  • Proposal to restore building at front of property to current 4-story size. Taller portion of building would be set back from rear, Columbus & Barrow – proposed full height of the building – 18 stories. Club room & fitness room @ 4th floor – some units have private terraces. This level begins the setback. Proposed green wall along height of garage on Wayne St., proposing green roof as well. Vehicular entrance in/out proposed on Barrow.
  • Current redevelopment plan is zoned for 8 stories. When Developer initially came to VVPA, they preliminarily discussed plans for 14 stories all along site. The new plans keep heights at 4 stories along curb to address community concerns, and in order to make this an “economically feasible” project (according to the Developer), they need to make up the difference by making an 18 story tower in the back of the property.
  • Looking to amend redevelopment plan. Parking lot is outside bounds of historic district. When redevelopment plan gets reopened, it is available for public comment.
  • Community Concerns:
  • Trafficvehicular entrance on Barrow will add too much traffic on one way streets that are already congested. Consider moving entrance to Columbus.
  • Building HeightProposed 18 story height not appropriate for community. Plan is Egregious and obnoxious. Adjacency of PATH stop and width of Columbus, according to developer, makes it appropriate.
    • Community Impact – blocking light of surrounding community, impact to other neighborhood associations/concern for setting precedent to build large towers in small neighborhoods, noise concerns from constant hum of machinery.According to developer, won’t throw shadows to south to surrounding neighbors. For pedestrians, they will notice cornice line along the street, not the full height of the building.
    • Environmental Impact – Potential pile driving would severely adversely affect historic homes, community is full of toxins in the ground and in the buildings – how will you protect the neighbors/neighborhood from contamination?
    • Parking – 140 units planned, but only 56 parking spots planned. How is this good for the neighborhood?   Where are all the extra cars going to park when the neighborhood is already congested? Also, if you are getting rid of the parking lot that currently exists, where are all those cars going to park?
    • Infrastructure – How can PATH keep up with this influx of people when we are currently underserved? How will this impact the already overtaxed sewer system?
    • Elected Officials
      • When does this stop??? You create ordinances to stop chain stores, yet you allow this monster construction proposal to go through without question.
      • Constant changes to redevelopment plans – our elected official need to recognize this and help in this matter. We can’t always be fighting requests to change redevelopment plans – you need to stop this at the source.

 

Because of numerous concerns regarding this proposed Development, VVPA will schedule a follow up meeting dedicated to this topic.

  • Candice Osborne, Councilwoman, Ward E
  • Comments to Councilwoman about Development:
    • Very frustrating and wasteful of community time to have to keep fighting Developers that come in with ridiculous asks. This was a final Redevelopment plan – when does final mean final?! Redevelopment plans being amended don’t require public notice (Candice looking to change this to include notice process).
    • If we are opposed to plan, how do we make our voices heard?
      • Funnel through neighborhood association, or call councilwoman. Speak at planning board (public hearing), city council 1st reading (not allowed to speak during this reading, but can sign up 5 minutes at the end of the meeting to speak), or 2nd reading of city council.
    • Parking Update – Conducted brainstorming session w/ 2 neighbors from each association. New construction – can’t get parking on street if parking is available in the building (developers feel tenants won’t pay for parking, but if your building has parking you can’t get zone permits). Loophole in parking enforcement because hours are 8-5pm w/2 hr window on each side where you are allowed to park. Looking to close loophole. Proposal to reduce street sweeping to 2 day/week, not 4 days/week. Limited resources/employees. Too many zones – maybe dual zones? Streets where we have no parking where it shouldn’t be.
    • Quality of Life/Crosswalks – 50 new intersection signs ordered. Crosswalks – all but 5 painted that are not on repaving schedule or PSEG schedule.
    • Newark Ave Pedestrian Mall – Taken all feedback, trying to organize comments into buckets to address (design, operate, legislate). Permanent closure = traffic feeding into other neighborhoods. 3 lanes – 2 will be closed, one will remain open.
    • Combined sewer storm systems – What will proposed project do to our neighborhood? Will need to follow up w/ MUA. Consent decree to replace sewers. Different ways to solve problems.Depending on developer’s plan, there may be retention requirements for the plan – could be less impact to sewer system (especially if plan is replacing a parking lot where all runoff goes into the system).
  • Committee person elections
    • Bertram & Lorraine – 29th district (ward F). Every district has 1 male, 1 female. Vote on reorganization of state/city democratic committee. Lowest level of political entrée. Large voices. Bertram is interested in school, kids. Election is June 2nd.

 

Announcements &Events

  • Full listing of events and announcements available on May Monthly Newsletter

Raffle

  • Winner of Golf 4Some package was announced

Adjournment – 9:10 pm

Columbus Corner Project Follow Up Meeting

27 May 2015, Posted by Oona Moore in News You Can Use
 

Follow-up meeting regarding the Columbus Corner Project is scheduled for next Tuesday, June 2nd, 7pm, at the Barrow Mansion.

If you have an opinion about this proposed project, NOW is the time to be a part of the discussion.  We urge you to attend this meeting.

Our Construction Liaison, Thomas Ogorzalek will lead the discussion with the goal of consolidating our concerns in writing to the decision-making city entities that serve us as residents and voters.

Please take a few minutes to read the current Redevelopment Plan for Columbus Corner, here.
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TUESDAY, JUNE 2nd
7 p.m.
BARROW MANSION
83 WAYNE STREET

May 2015 VVPA Meeting Reminder

19 May 2015, Posted by VVPA in News You Can Use
OUR MEETING TIME FOR
TUESDAY MAY 19th is7pmPlease make a note and join us a little earlier for our very busy meeting!


7:00pm-7:10pm – Officer Reports: 
President – Oona Moore
Treasurer & Construction Liaison – Tom Ogorzalek7:10pm-7:20pm – Standing Committee Reports:
Bright & Varick – Ceci Deleon
Events/Cultural Affairs – Eric Carter/Marlene Sandkamp, with a special announcement from Dixon Advisory.7:20pm-7:30pm – New Business:
Community input is welcomed for any new issues/concerns affecting our community.


7:30pm – 8:30pm – Guest Speakers:Columbus Corner/BNE Group (7:30pm-7:55pm):
The BNE Group is working on a proposed project for the Columbus Corner Redevelopment Plan (RDP).  This RDP has specific requirements regarding the rehabilitation of existing Historic resources and new construction located on Barrow Street within the Historic District.  Their proposal includes an 18 story residential tower in the Mixed Use portion of the RDP, which exceeds the allowable 7 stories (80′) permitted by the current RDP.  Since a project of this scale will impact not only the immediate block, but also the surrounding blocks located within the Van Vorst Park Historic District, and would also require amendments to the current RDP, BNE is invited to receive community input/comment.Candice Osborne, Councilwoman Ward E (7:55pm-8:15pm):
General update on community issues

Benjamin Bernouy, Committee person, Lorraine Gagliardotto Garry, and  Bertram C. Okpoklwasili (8:15pm-8:30pm):
Committee person update/re-election candidacy (Benjamin); Candidate introductions (Lorraine & Bertram)

8:30pm-8:40pm – Announcements & Upcoming Events:
Oona Moore, President, will review announcements and upcoming events affecting the community

8:40pm – Golf 4Some Raffle Drawing:
The winner of the Golf 4Some package to the new Lincoln West Golf Course will be announced at the May VVPA meeting!



UPCOMING EVENTS:

May & June Planning Board Meetings: 5/5; 5/19; 6/9; 6/23
Council Chambers, City Hall, 280 Grove Street, 5:30pm-7pm

Check the City of Jersey City Calendar for upcoming meetings.

May & June City Council Meetings: 5/13; 5/27; 6/10; 6/24
Council Chambers, City Hall, 280 Grove Street, 6pm-9pm

Check the City of Jersey City Calendar for upcoming meetings.

Van Vorst Park Community Flea Market & Fundraiser – 5/30
Van Vorst Park, 9am – 4pm

Check out future The Friends of Van Vorst Park events on their calendar.

Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy Preservation Event – 5/28
The 15th Annual JCLC Preservation Awards Ceremony – Tickets $35
Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre, 54 Journal Square, 6pm – 9pm

Groove on Grove – Wednesdays throughout the summer
Click here for more information & calendar of events
Grove Street PATH Plaza, 6pm – 9pm

Van Vorst Park Farmer’s Market – Saturdays,
May – November
Van Vorst Park Gazebo, 9am-3pm

View the The Friends of Van Vorst Park calendar here

Films in Van Vorst Park – 6/10
In front of the Van Vorst Park Gazebo, Sunset

Films in Van Vorst starts their 11th season on June 10th!  Film schedule to be announced soon!  Movies are scheduled every other Wednesday throughout the summer.

North River Sing Community Chorus Spring Concert – 6/12
Concert featuring your favorite jazz standards and show tunes.  Free admission (donations requested)!  For additional information, click here.
St. Matthew’s Church, 83 Wayne St., 8pm

Van Vorst Boogie’s Summer Salsa Night – 6/20
Get your summer swing on with:
Van Vorst Boogie’s Summer Salsa NightFree!
East End of Van Vorst Park, 7pm – 10:30pm

May 2015 VVPA Newsletter

14 May 2015, Posted by Oona Moore in Meeting Agendas, News You Can Use
PLEASE NOTE THE START TIME FOR THE MAY MEETING IS 7:00PM!!!

Whether you are new to the neighborhood or a long-time resident, this is YOUR COMMUNITY.  Stop by and have a glass a wine on us, while you meet neighbors and learn about what’s going on here in your historic neighborhood!
7:00pm-7:10pm – Officer Reports: 
President – Oona Moore
Treasurer & Construction Liaison – Tom Ogorzalek7:10pm-7:20pm – Standing Committee Reports:
Bright & Varick – Ceci Deleon
Events/Cultural Affairs – Eric Carter/Marlene Sandkamp, with a special announcement from Dixon Advisory.

7:20pm-7:30pm – New Business:
Community input is welcomed for any new issues/concerns affecting our community.

7:30pm – 8:30pm – Guest Speakers:

Columbus Corner/BNE Group (7:30pm-7:55pm):
The BNE Group is working on a proposed project for the Columbus Corner Redevelopment Plan (RDP).  This RDP has specific requirements regarding the rehabilitation of existing Historic resources and new construction located on Barrow Street within the Historic District.  Their proposal includes an 18 story residential tower in the Mixed Use portion of the RDP, which exceeds the allowable 7 stories (80′) permitted by the current RDP.  Since a project of this scale will impact not only the immediate block, but also the surrounding blocks located within the Van Vorst Park Historic District, and would also require amendments to the current RDP, BNE is invited to receive community input/comment.

Candice Osborne, Councilwoman Ward E (7:55pm-8:15pm):
General update on community issues

Benjamin Bernouy, Committee person, Lorraine Gagliardotto Garry, and  Bertram C. Okpoklwasili (8:15pm-8:30pm):
Committe person update/re-election candidacy (Benjamin); Candidate introductions (Lorraine & Bertram)

8:30pm-8:40pm – Announcements & Upcoming Events:
Oona Moore, President, will review announcments and upcoming events affecting the community

8:40pm – Golf 4Some Raffle Drawing:
The winner of the Golf 4Some package to the new Lincoln West Golf Course will be announced at the May VVPA meeting!


ANNOUNCEMENTS:Citywide Alert System-
Jersey City has selected the SwiftReach Swift911 platform for citywide emergency and non-emergency alerts. Swift911 is used by over 1500 organizations nationwide in both the public and private sectors and allows for alerts to be sent through a variety of channels including voice, text message, email, fax, pager, and social media such as facebook and Twitter.  Registration is free and all alerts will be clearly identified as originating from the City. Please take a few minutes to register so that you and your family can be kept up to date during times of emergency. Click City Alerts for more details.Hudson County Court Night
Wednesday, 5/27/15, 6:30pm – 8:30pm – Justice William J. Brennan Jr. Courthouse – 583 Newark Ave., Jersey City
Court Night is an evening of free information sessions open to the Residents of Hudson County.  These sessions will provide practical information and resource material designed to assist residents in navigating the court system.  Attorneys and court representatives will conduct the sessions and will be available to answer general questions from the public.  While Court Night is free, pre-registration is highly recommended.  To pre-register email hudson.reservation@judiciary.state.nj.us or call 201.217.5109.  More details are available through the City of Jersey City Website.


UPCOMING EVENTS:

May & June Planning Board Meetings: 5/5; 5/19; 6/9; 6/23
Council Chambers, City Hall, 280 Grove Street, 5:30pm-7pm

Check the City of Jersey City Calendar for upcoming meetings.

May & June City Council Meetings: 5/13; 5/27; 6/10; 6/24
Council Chambers, City Hall, 280 Grove Street, 6pm-9pm

Check the City of Jersey City Calendar for upcoming meetings.

A Geographer’s View of Jersey City 5/14
Come hear local resident and urban planner Luke Schray point to clues around us that suggest what was here before centuries of human intervention changed the face of our landscape.
Center for the Arts at Casa Colombo, 380 Monmouth Street, 7pm
Click Geographer’s View for more details!

JC Challenge Race – 5/16
Exchange Place, 9am – 12pm

Van Vorst Park Community Flea Market & Fundraiser – 5/16
Van Vorst Park, 9am – 4pm

Check out future The Friends of Van Vorst Park events on their calendar.

Lincoln West Golf Course Pivate Tour – 5/16
Meet at the course to walk the grounds of the new golf course before it opens to the public!  This event is free, and all are welcome.  Advance registration available through Eventbrite.  Afterwards, head to the New Park Tavern [575 West Side Ave] for burgers and drinks.  Tickets for the Golf 4Some Raffle will be available for sale during the tour [$5 each or 5 for $20].
Lincoln Park, 11:30am – 1pm 
Reserve your tickets to this exclusive private event here: Eventbrite Golf Tour

Friends of Liberty State Park Peaceful Family-Friendly Protest – 5/16
20 Theodore Conrad Drive (GPS: E End of Conrad Dr), 12pm – 2pm – Rain or Shine

Peaceful protest against Liberty State Park Privatization Plans

Jersey City Landmarks Conservancy Preservation Event – 5/28
The 15th Annual JCLC Preservation Awards Ceremony – Tickets $35
Landmark Loew’s Jersey Theatre, 54 Journal Square, 6pm – 9pm

Groove on Grove – Wednesdays throughout the summer
Click here for more information & calendar of events
Grove Street PATH Plaza, 6pm – 9pm

Van Vorst Park Farmer’s Market – Saturdays, May – November
Van Vorst Park Gazebo, 12pm – 7pm

View the The Friends of Van Vorst Park calendar here

Films in Van Vorst Park – 6/10
East end of  Van Vorst Park , Sunset

Films in Van Vorst starts their 11th season on June 10th!  Films in Van Vorst will announce their schedule by the end of May.  Keep checking back on their website at Filmsinvanvorst.com Movies are scheduled every other Wednesday throughout the summer.

North River Sing Community Chorus Spring Concert – 6/12
Concert featuring your favorite jazz standards and show tunes.  Free admission (donations requested)!  For additional information, click here.
St. Matthew’s Church, 83 Wayne St., 8pm

Van Vorst Boogie’s Summer Salsa Night – 6/20
Get your summer swing on with Van Vorst Boogie’s Summer Salsa NightFree!
East End of Van Vorst Park, 7pm – 10:30pm

PSE&G Meeting & VV PARK clean up!!

30 Apr 2015, Posted by Oona Moore in News You Can Use

If you missed our April Meeting with a representative from PSE&G, then make sure you check out the informational meeting this week at City Hall.  Now is the time to ask questions about parking, service disruption, etc….


The Resident Response Center of the City Of Jersey City is reaching out to let you know that a major PSE&G project, to upgrade the gas mains, is underway and could possibly be disruptive to your neighborhoods. As a part of this project, the City has enabled PSE&G to hold an informational meeting to address all concerned with this Energy Strong project. Please let the residents and business people in your area know about this meeting.  For a full list of the areas affected please check here.

MEETING:

WHEN: Thursday, April 30, 2015

TIME: 6 p.m.

PLACE: City Hall, 280 Grove Street, Jersey City

The City is working with PSE&G to ensure the least amount of disruption through limiting the area and length of time a street is closed down for work and minimizing the loss of parking.

In addition, PSE&G notes customers will be notified when work is about to begin in their area and can find a list of streets at https://www.pseg.com/…/energy_stro…/gas_main/jersey_city.jsp. Customers with questions about Energy Strong work can contact the Jersey City Gas District office at 201-420-3922.

For any other issues, do not hesitate to contact the RRC:Resident Response CenterCity Hall, 280 Grove Street
Room 105
Jersey City, NJ 07302
Tel: (201) 547-4900
Fax: (201) 547-5749


FYI:Traffic Alert:  Saturday May 2nd is the annual Newport 10K–the race course takes the runners through downtown Jersey City…expect delays and road closures from around 8:30 till early afternoon


Volunteers Needed!

Friends of Van Vorst Park needs you!!!!!!!!
Here’s your chance to give back to your favorite park–this is for all our neighbors who play, read, sit or use the dog run….

On Saturday May 2nd, between 10am and 2pm, please join The Friends of Van Vorst Park for a spring-cleaning of the park.

This will also be the official 8th-year anniversary of the dog run, and a general maintenance of the run will take place at the same time.
During the day we will painting the park benches/picnic tables, the railings around the gardens/pet-free lawns, cleaning and adding new material to the sandbox, raking leaves, and meeting new neighbors.
Your neighbors exclusively care for the Van Vorst Park gardens and we only ask for additional help a couple times a year. We will provide all the materials need.
There will be food and refreshments around noon.
This will also be the first day of the Farmers’ Market.
This season we will have our two regular farmers, who carry garden fresh produce, eggs from free-range chickens, honey, grass-feed beef, butter, cheese, and flowers. Hoboken Farms provides Balthazar breads, prepared chicken and meats, and a great “Big Red” marinara sauce.  Mod Cup will be back to wake you up in the morning with their gourmet coffee. And, X-Calibur will sharpen your kitchen knives, tools and scissors.
In addition, we are welcoming O’ LaLa Empanadas with 15 different varieties, a pickle vendor, an olive oil producer, Bucket & Bay home-made gelato, a cake baker, a high-end meat purveyor, nuts and gourmet candies, freshly made juices, fresh flatbreads, and a line of Italian prepared foods.


And while you’re there doing that cool community thing….You can try your luck on our VVPA raffle!! 
“Golf4some” at SKYWAY, the New Lincoln Park West Golf Course right here in Jersey City!  One Complimentary Round of Golf for a Foursome w/ Carts on any Weekday of the 2015 Golf Season.  Golf course due to open June 2015.  Tickets are $5/each or 5 for $20…
Drawing on May 19th at VVPA Meeting at 7:30pm.  YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE PRESENT TO WIN…but If you are at the meeting and win, you also get a surprise additional gift!!! Woo Hoo!!
All proceeds go right back to the VVPA for our Films series, Boogie nights, our monthly meeting costs….etc!


And on Sunday May 3rd….Join Modern Sage, JC Parks Coalition, HHC and the City Of Jersey City for a free workshop on Natural Cures for Stress.  Starts at 10:30am.