From the Jersey Journal:
The four-year fight over a micro-unit building slated for Downtown Jersey City is finally over, with the New Jersey Supreme Court this month declining to hear an appeal by a neighborhood group opposed to the plan.
The court’s decision allows developer Rushman-Dillon to move forward with the 87-unit, five-story building, slated for a lot at Bright and Varick streets in the city’s Van Vorst Park neighborhood. Neighbors opposed the plan but a Hudson County Superior Court judge in 2014 ordered automatic approval — meaning the developer can move ahead with construction without approval from the city Planning Board — because the city failed to OK the project during a time period prescribed by state law.
Rushman-Dillon’s lawyer, Donna Jennings, called the court’s decision not to weigh in “a significant victory” not only for her clients but for other developers who face “untoward delay tactics” from municipalities.
“These delay tactics — employed simply to frustrate or forestall an applicant — are the very evil which the automatic approval provision was specifically designed to overcome,” Jennings said. “Unfortunately, there is nothing ‘automatic’ about the provision as the plaintiff-developer has now lost four years on an application that is fully conforming with the controlling redevelopment plan.”
Neighbors have multiple problems with the project, saying it would aggravate parking problems in the neighborhood and attract rowdy residents.