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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.

There is a last minute addition to the VVPA meeting agenda this evening.  At the urging of the City and the Historic Preservation Commission 3 projects on York street (243, 261 and 263 York) will be presenting their development proposals. 

PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH ANY NEIGHBORS THAT MAY BE AFFECTED!  Especially those on York, Bright & Montgomery between Grove & Barrow.

Karan Agarwal is the Developer and they will be last on the agenda.

263 York Street – 4 story masonry rear addition to contributing altered 3 story frame building; Total of 4 units – (1) 5 bedroom/5 bath, (2) 5 bedroom/3 bath, (1) 1 bedroom/1 bath. Variances requested for building height and coverage
243 & 261 York Street – 4 story, Total of 4 units (4 bedroom/ 3 bath each) with visible rooftop deck and bulkhead. Variances requested for building height and coverage

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Officer Reports: 

President – Oona Moore
Treasurer & Construction Liaison – Tom Ogorzalek

Standing Committee Reports:
Events/Cultural Affairs – Eric Carter/Marlene Sandkamp
Bright & Varick – Ceci DeLeon

Guest Speakers:
Councilwomen Candice Osborne and Diane Coleman will be in attendance to discuss city initiatives addressing crime, residential developments, budget, transportation, traffic, new parks, new recreational options, etc.

A Representative from PSE&G will also be at the meeting to discuss the energy strong gas main upgrade – several neighbors have indicated that they’ve received letters from PSE&E to alert them to the upcoming work in their neighborhood.

Other issues for the good of our community:
Thank you all for rocking it out the 80’s prom – it was, like, totally rad, for sure!  And, special thanks to the event organizers, judges, donors (Brightside Tavern, Koro Koro Rice Ball Café, Porta and Aire Salon), DJ Marvilious, guest bartenders and the many volunteers that made this such a fun night!  We’re looking forward to seeing you at our future events!

Please support our donors!!

    

April 2015 VVPA Newsletter

16 Apr 2015, Posted by Oona Moore in Meeting Agendas, News You Can Use

Finally spring has sprung!  Now that the sub-arctic temperatures are (hopefully) behind us, we look forward to seeing you all again out and about in our neighborhood!  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!

Officer Reports:
President – Oona Moore
Treasurer & Construction Liaison – Tom Ogorzalek

Standing Committee Reports:
Events/Cultural Affairs – Eric Carter/Marlene Sandkamp
Bright & Varick – Ceci DeLeon

Guest Speakers:
Councilwomen Candice Osborne and Diane Coleman will be in attendance to discuss city initiatives addressing crime, residential developments, budget, transportation, traffic, new parks, new recreational options, etc.

A Representative from PSE&G will also be at the meeting to discuss the energy strong gas main upgrade – several neighbors have indicated that they’ve received letters from PSE&E to alert them to the upcoming work in their neighborhood.

Other issues for the good of our community:
Thank you all for rocking it out the 80’s prom – it was, like, totally rad, for sure!  And, special thanks to the event organizers, judges, the amazing donors– Brightside Tavern, Koro Koro Rice Ball Café, Porta and Aire Salon–  DJ Marvilous for his AWESOME music, our guest bartenders and the many volunteers that made this such a fun night!  We’re looking forward to seeing you at our next Boogie night….this time in the Van Vorst Park!!  June 20th–A Van Vorst Boogie Salsa Night–be sure to join our Facebook Van Vorst Boogie page for all the updates!


Raffle Tickets for sale!!!  Proceeds to benefit VVPA–

Raffle for “Golf4some” at the New Lincoln Park West Golf Course right here in Jersey City!
One Complimentary Round of Golf for One Foursome w/ Carts on any Weekday of the 2015 Golf Season.  Golf course due to open June 2015.
TICKETS will be on sale at the next VVPA meeting and at the VVP Farmers Market in May.
$5/each, 5 for $20
Drawing on May 19th at VVPA Meeting at 7:30pm. If you are present at the meeting and win, you also get a surprise additional gift!!!

Adjournment



UPCOMING EVENTS:

4/18-Saturday 7:30pm-Midnight–Cathedral Arts Festival–25th Anniversary celebrating 25 years of Art & Community. Ticket information here.

4/19Sunday 12noon -3:30pm Friends of Liberty State Park–annual Fundraiser luncheon-Members and the public are warmly welcomed to attend this friendly social event to support the Friends’ Mission to protect, protect, and conserve, and promote Liberty State Park..For more ticket information, please check out FOLSP website.
4/26/15 – Mercer Street Stoop Sale – Come out and support your neighbors at this sale and grab some bargains in the process!  Also, please support the kid-run lemonade stand at this event.

4/21/15- 5:30pm – 7pm – Planning Board Meeting – City Hall4/22/15- 6:00pm – 9pm – City Council Meeting – City Hall4/26/15- 9am – Farmer’s Market – Van Vorst Park (on Saturday’s from May – November)

FIRST ONE OF THE SEASON!!!5/2/15-8:30am – Newport 10K Run Town Square Place5/5/15, 5:30pm – 7pm – Planning Board Meeting – City Hall

5/6/15 – 5:00pm – Groove on Grove – Grove Path Plaza (on Wednesday’s throughout the summer, staring May 6th)

5/9/15- 11:00am – 3pm – Citizenship Clinic – Conwell School, PS 3, 111 Bright St

5/13/15- 6:00pm – 9pm – City Council Meeting – City Hall

5/16/15- 9:00am -JC Challenge Race – Exchange Place

Link to City of Jersey City Community Calendar:
http://www.cityofjerseycity.com/meetings-calendar.aspx

Like, for sure, our prom is a few weeks away….

23 Mar 2015, Posted by Oona Moore in Events, Sponsors

We danced the disco. We boogied to the Charleston. Now we are getting out that hairspray and getting ready to rock the night away to 80’s classics.

To be like totally clear–this is our Prom, like, ok? There was, like, some cool play by a similar name…but no actors here! We’re all just teasing our hair, wearing shoulder pads, pulling out our baby blue tuxedos and partying like its 1985!  We will be dancing to our mix tapes with DJ Marvilous, eating Gnarly munchies from the rad Brightside Tavern and like, posing for our very own prom pictures!

Awesome prizes from Porta, Koro Koro Rice Ball Cafe, Aire Salon for Prom King & Queen and Best use of Hairspray!  More prizes in the works too!!

So join us on Saturday April 11th from 7-11pm at the Barrow Mansion 83 Wayne Street. Tickets are $25 and are available through Eventbrite.  Order your tickets before April 1st and get a free beverage of your choice–wine cooler, our special prom punch, or maybe a cold beer–you pick!  We will have a cash bar all night–but the munchies are on us!

So bring a date or come solo—we are going to have a totally rad time, like, for sure.

Questions? Or want to volunteer for our prom committee?  Volunteers get in free!  Email us at vvpanews@gmail.com!

Keep checking our Van Vorst Boogie and the Totally Awesome 80’s Prom event page on Facebook for all the latest updates!

See you at the Prom!!

March 2015 VVPA Meeting Minutes (Updated)

19 Mar 2015, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Minutes

Call to Order

Officer Reports

  • President – Oona Moore
    • No pressing concerns
  • Treasurer& Construction Liaison – Tom Ogorzalek
    • Accounts in good standing
    • 265 York St. – Presented letter at Historic Board Meeting re: concerns about cornice, window size, massing for project. Project conditionally approved pending change to windows
    • 518 Jersey Avenue Laundromat approved
    • 227 Montgomery – minor concern re bulkhead – project not approved, special meeting needed by Historic Commission
    • 124 Bright St. – tabled
    • 223-225 Pavonia – spot zoning concerns, precedent setting concerns, once variance granted, it is allowed for the life of the property – several of the neighborhood associations against it (Paulus Hook and Harsimus Cove). Item pulled from meeting agenda at developer’s request
    • DCNA pressuring for new master plan
    • Purpose of Various Meetings:
      • Historic Preservation Commission – all projects inside Historic District
      • Board of Adjustments –projects asking for something not allowed by zoning (variance requests)
      • Planning Board – projects in conformance with zoning, but due to scale, may need to come in front of this board; also, projects asking for change to redevelopment plan
        • City Planning usually requests that developer comes to local community before presenting to them (although this is not codified yet)

Committee Reports

  • Events/Cultural Affairs Committee – Eric Carter
    • 80’s Prom in Barrow Mansion on April 11th – Porta official after party – need to update on Website; Need additional volunteers for specific duties on the night of the event – contact Eric Carter (ericblairc@yahoo.com) to volunteer
    • Salsa Merengue & Disco nights planned outdoor in park – Summer
  • Bright & Varick Committee – Ceci DeLeon
    • Briefs due April, attorney looking for extension due to other obligations. No further updates at this point.

Other Issues for the Good of Our Community

  • Pedestrian Mall (Newark Ave.) – Nothing resolved yet, need another meeting to address multitude of concerns (police issues, traffic, noise)
  • Re-examination report – historic district expanded to include parts of Lincoln Park; all re-examination reports become an addendum to the ordinance
  • No updates on playground equipment for Angel Ramos Park
  • Metro Towers – No final redevelopment plan yet with City planning yet
  • Street sweeping started, will start enforcing Thursday
  • Potholes aggressively being addressed by city – call Resident Response Center to report them
  • Community concerns re: “911” calls – lack of response, untimely response and giving hard time – Angelo to discuss with Police Captain

Guest Speakers

  • Continuum Design (Tom Ogorzalek) – 220 York St. – Ish Sadek, Owner, Silverman, Construction Manager – Project exceed allowable bldg. coverage for the property and requires a deviation, but is in conformance with all the setbacks. Project will be scheduled to be heard at Historic Commission and Planning Board in April.
    • Met with Historic & Planning already
    • Tried to keep in look and massing of other buildings in the area

Adjournment

March 2015 VVPA Newsletter

11 Mar 2015, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Meeting Agendas, News You Can Use

Spring is right around the corner!  With the beautiful weather upon us, we look forward to seeing everyone out an about in our beautiful neighborhood.  Our next monthly VVPA Neighborhood Association meeting will be on Tuesday, March 17th at 7:30 pm at the Barrow Mansion (83 Wayne Street).  Join us for some neighborhood updates and good cheer (maybe even some green beer in honor of St. Patrick’s Day!).  Whether you are new to the neighborhood or long-time resident, this is YOUR COMMUNITY.  Find out what’s going on, how it impacts your quality of life and meet your neighbors!  We look forward to seeing you there!

Officer Reports (7:30 pm – 7:40 pm)
President – Oona Moore
Treasurer & Construction Liaison – Tom Ogorzalek

Standing Committee Reports (7:40 pm – 7:50 pm)
Events/Cultural Affairs – Eric Carter
Bright & Varick – Ceci de Leon

Other Issues for the good of our Community (7:50 pm – 8:15 pm)
223-225 Pavonia Restaurant Proposal
Jersey City Planning Board Re-examination Report
Open Forum

Guest Speakers (8:15 pm – 8:30 pm)
220 York Street – Ish Sadek, owner/applicant for this property is proposing a 4-family Townhouse.  The project’s Architectural firm, Continuum Design, will be presenting the project.

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GET INVOLVED!

The VVPA’s Planning & Development Committee and Events Planning Committee are always looking for volunteers to join our committees to help make a difference in our neighborhood.  All who are interested are encouraged to contact us – no particular experience is necessary!

UPCOMING EVENTS:
City Council Meetings: City Hall – 3/11/15 and 3/25/15, 6pm – 9pm; 4/8/15 and 4/22/15, 6pm – 9pm

St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Lincoln Park to Journal Square – 3/15/15, 10:30am – 3:00pm

Holi Hai Festival: Exchange Place at the foot of Montgomery St. – 3/28/15, 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Con Vivo Music Kids Show, featuring build-your-own instruments; Barrow Mansion – 3/29/15, 3pm – FREE, all Ages Welcome – Facebook Event Page

Totally Awesome 80’s Prom – Van Vorst Boogie invites you to the Totally Awesome 80’s Prom on Saturday, 4/11/15 from 7pm – 11pm in the Barrow Mansion.  Tickets are available at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-totally-awesome-80s-prom-tickets-15935670018?aff=eivtefrnd

Earth Day Festival – City Hall Park – 4/18/15, 11:50am – 5:00pm

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Keep up with neighborhood events by following our Facebook page or Twitter Feed.  Additionally, for additional details on some of our neighborhood events, check out our Van Vorst Boogie Facebook page.

January 2015 VVPA Meeting Minutes (Revised)

19 Feb 2015, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Minutes

January 20th, 2015 Meeting Minutes

  • Guest Speakers
    • Bill Matsukoudis & Fanciullo LLC & Studio V Architecture presenting on Metropolis Towers
      • Requesting revision of an existing approved redevelopment plan for the coop (Metropolitan Towers). The residential towers approved by the existing plan would be similar to the existing towers and would be aligned along Christopher Columbus. Jay Valgora, architect from Studio V, described the new plan as essentially that the overall goal is to reintegrate the new development back into downtown, including green roofs.
      • Redevelopment plan existing for ~40 years. Within plan, got approval to build 2 new towers. None of stakeholders like the tower ideas, so want to scrap it and get a revised redevelopment plan that will help to reintegrate this property back into the community. Site originally encompassed first city hall and park. Want to bring in elements of how city originally was. Will take 8-10 years to complete, in phases. First phase will be the parking and supermarket.
      • Proposing: narrower towers with a light & airy feel, structured parking within the interior (3), a new street within the property, a new park/green area/green roofs, carry pedestrian walk of Newark Ave into the property, and include retail along the edges (no more fences) so that it leads into Newark Ave.
      • Sustainable strategies / storm water strategies (storm water retention that will help this site and surrounding community)
      • Community concerns
        • High Winds – you address it by breaking up massing of site
        • Rentals vs Coops? Will be decided as project advances and as market dictates
        • Why difference in heights of bldgs.? To be able to incorporate green space, need to go up in height. And, this fits in with the surrounding bldgs.
        • Could this storm water solution carry over to other projects? Possibly – this will be a pilot and hopefully a model for other developments.
        • Permeability and Retention: Today 100% impermeable; future: 32% is green space which will be permeable + green roofs.
        • Today: 800 units. Approved for 1200+ units total. Developer looking to do 1883 units (which is ~600 additional units above approval). Retail – 160K sq ft proposed.
        • Impact of additional ridership on PATH with new towers – have met with Port Authority (PA) to address concerns. Can’t force PA’s hand, but
        • Next step: Drafting redevelopment plan, then will put up website with all the info/renderings. Will do mailing (with email address for questions and the date for the planning board meeting). Bob and Jeff are the planners involved in the project.
    • Derk Garlick, Architect for 518 Jersey Ave
      • The project is the Carolinas Laundromat located at 518 Jersey Avenue. They have filed an application with the HPC and will file one with the Zoning Board shortly.
      • Owner wants to move family into top 2 floors and put retail space below (possibly restaurant instead of Laundromat)
      • Proposing two separate retail stores with a more historic detailing
      • Looking to get on the February Historic Meeting, board of Adjustments in March and Construction in the spring. Will also need planning variances for increasing bulk over existing non-compliance, building & lot coverage, and maintaining existing non-conforming parking
    • Elena from Pasta Dal Cuore – 527 Jersey Ave – www.pastadalcuorejc.com
      • “Pasta Dal Cuore began as a dream born in Colorno, a small town outside of Parma, Italy in 2010 while attending culinary school at ALMA. After traveling extensively thru Italy researching the best restaurants known for their fresh pasta, I returned home to Jersey City with the goal of owning my own pasta shop. It is our mission to make fresh pasta with all-natural quality ingredients. In the near future we are planning on adding cheeses, butters and home-made sauces to accompany our fresh pastas.”
      • Opened in November, 2014 – fresh pasta sold up front, soon will have restaurant in back
    • New Business
      • In the spirit of volunteerism, we ask for folks to help out in any way that they can
      • Planning & Development sub-committee – need help! See Tom to join committee. This is an opportunity to learn about the process and shape the committee around you
      • Liberty State Park – looking for conditional veto for language in a bill which, if allowed in the bill, would allow for the park to be run by concessionaire and allow development on the land
      • Events Committee – community builders, fundraisers, movies, etc.
      • Bright & Varick – VVPA has filed appeal of automatic approval that was granted by Judge via NJ Appleseed (non-profit). Will need help from volunteers, and will continue to need to do fundraisers to pay for this
      • Pedestrian Plaza – Harsimus Cove is running the show on this issue – it really should be a DCNA issue for a more collaborative voice. Oona will bring it up at next quarterly DCNA meeting.
      • Change of use/ownership of real property proposed amendment at the City Council’s 1/20/15 meeting. As realtor, redundant system in place to ensure that property is used as zoned – don’t need this additional fee – adds unnecessary time and month. Community was opposed to it, issue was tabled pending revision.
      • Events: North River Sing at St. Matthews; Art House Productions Snowball on 24th; City Council Meeting on 28th – see vvpa.org for details

February 2015 VVPA Meeting Minutes

19 Feb 2015, Posted by Yolanda Foley in Minutes

Meeting Minutes – February 17th, 2015

Call to Order

Guest Speakers

  • Jeff Zak – Revised Plans from 333 Grand St. (Liberty Harbor)
    • Revised redevelopment plan to switch buildings around in plan to accommodate community input.   Looking to be in front of planning board in next month or two. Corner of Jersey & Grand will be resident entrance – the Jersey Ave and Grand Street sides will have retail.
      • “Wet Flood proofing” – allows retail to remain on ground level by using waterproof construction materials inside the retail spaces and utilities located above ground level.
      • Parking – amended zoning to allow VVP residents to park in there (internal ~160/month, external ~100/month). Jeff Zak to send information regarding parking.   Eventually looking to have parking authority create a liberty harbor zone when streets are dedicated.
      • Looking to attract a large, upscale, gourmet “food market” to the location, not a giant supermarket (101 spots allocated for retail market)
  • Ed Ciolko – Construction Manager for 274 Barrow Street (at Montgomery St.)
    • Dr. Florence Chan (owner) – would like to put carriage house on top of 3 garages that are located on Montgomery St. to improve neighborhood, and improve own property aesthetics. Haven’t spoken to Historic Commission yet (formally) about this.
    • Carriage house will be two 1-bedrooms apartments with common means of egress/ingress. Building will be brick with small Juliette balconies that don’t protrude into the neighborhood.
    • Community generally in agreement with idea, with some concerns about stairs and roofline. Concern is about awkward stairs which will be eyesore to neighborhood/not consistent with historic standards and that roofline is not consistent with the neighborhood. Community also wants to know which variances are needed for this project.
  • Angie Szani of United Rescue Recruitment – angieszani@gmail.com, aszani@unitedrescue.us, 201.294.5479, www.unitedrescue.us
    • Community based Emergency Care sponsored Mayor Fulop & JCMC. Volunteers (18+) are trained to respond to health emergencies in JC. Can stabilize people, not administer medication. Pilot program will be the model for the United States.
    • 60-90 hours of training for first aid care until first responders can get there. Volunteers given equipment and app on phone to respond. Goal is to cut response time in half, and looking to recruit ~100 volunteers by July (throughout JC). Training expected to begin in next 3 months.
    • Concern regarding liability Issue – United Rescue volunteers are covered under the JCMC for liability issues.
  • Councilwoman Joyce Watterman – Community Update – Postponed for future meeting.

Committee Reports

  • Events/Cultural Affairs Committee – Eric Carter
    • 80’s Prom in Barrow Mansion on April 11th – Van Vorst Boogie Facebook Page will be updated soon, and looking for people to submit pictures of themselves in the 80’s.Will go on sale 3/1/15 on EventBrite
    • Salsa Merengue outdoor in park – Summer
    • Country Western Hoedown – Fall
    • Meetball – No date yet – still need to find place
    • Always looking for volunteers!
  • Bright & Varick Committee – Ceci DeLeon
    • VVPA gave Rushman points of what we would negotiate for, but for now negotiation is off the table. Full steam ahead on appeal.
  • Construction & Planning Committee
    • Had 1st planning meeting tonight – some folks on committee following up on Metropolis Towers that was discussed at last month’s VVPA meeting
    • Historic Preservation meeting tomorrow (Wednesday, 2/18/15) – City Hall, 6:30pm. All are encouraged to attend. Items scheduled for tomorrow’s HP meeting:
      • 265 York St- Hasn’t addressed majority of changes community requested
      • 124 Bright St. – Not much controversy when it was presented to VVPA in 2014, the Planning + Development Committee reviewed some recent revisions to the materials for the building and did not have any problems with the changes.
      • Grove Street Synagogue – controversy regarding taking lions down when it was presented to VVPA. No idea what they are going to present on or if they incorporated our feedback into the plans.
      • 11 Wayne St. – existing non-conforming issues.
    • Planning issue in Hamilton Park – looking to put a restaurant with liquor license in a location that does not allow this use. There is also an issue with respect to proximity to school. City looking to make this a part of restaurant row overlay to allow the liquor license at this location. The project will need to go to Board of Adjustment for a Use variance first to make this happen. If this mechanism gets used in this location, it can be copied in other neighborhoods. This issue came up at the DCNA meeting – some people want this, but neighbors recognized that if they support it, it can be precedent setting for all of Jersey City.
    • Planning issue – Tom & Ceci (in an advisory role) gave help to planning board to draft Café ordinance.

Officer Reports

  • President – Oona Moore
    • No pressing concerns
  • Treasurer – Tom Ogorzalek
  • At-Large Members – Ben Bernouy (Parking Issues Meeting with Candice Osborne)
    • February 4th meeting with Candice Osborne with Parking Enforcement and Safety. Attendees identified top 5 issues, along with potential solutions:
      • Capacity(abated builders to contribute to fund to build municipal lots; unused spaced in public housing spaces, reach out to retailers to create drop off/pick up zones {e.g. Pathmark, Hospital}; angled parking for double wide streets
      • Day lighting (bumping out curb to prevent parking too close to curb)
      • Enforcement (parking meter through phone – free for residents)
      • Expanding zone hours (make past 5pm)
      • Street sweeping (change time and/or frequency, or hire a person to manually sweep sidewalk).
    • Will create poll on Facebook page to have community vote on top 2 issues they want addressed from the list brought forth at this meeting.
    • Community also very concerned about traffic lights issue that was brought up several times but hasn’t been addressed yet (timing of lights for pedestrians to safely walk)

Other Business/Events

  • Killing Lincoln Movie at 5 Corners Library
  • City Council Meeting – 2/15/15
  • Newark Ave pedestrian experiment from last summer – Early March for community input
  • Safety concerns – attend the Captain’s Meeting for East District – typically 4th Tuesday of the month, but for this month only meeting was moved to 4th Monday of the month at 7pm in the MS4 Library

Adjournment