A Hudson County Superior Court judge has given the OK for a developer to build 87 “micro-units” in Downtown Jersey City that residents fear will create a “Hoboken-like” atmosphere in their neighborhood.
Judge Joseph A. Turula has granted what is known as “automatic approval” to developer Rushman-Dillon Project’s plans for the micro-unit development, saying city planning officials failed to act within 95 days of deeming the developer’s plans complete.
Turula’s 12-page ruling, filed on Aug. 29 and released yesterday, allows the developer to move ahead with its site plan without a review by the Planning Board.
The ruling deals a blow to the city’s last-minute attempts to halt construction on the project. After initially calling Rushmon-Dillon’s site plans complete in October 2013, the city reversed course in January, denying the developer’s application after hearing complaints from residents. Rushman-Dillon then sued the city.
In his ruling, Turula called the city’s eventual denial of the developer’s plans “untimely made and … therefore, void.”
Construction on the five-story building is expected to begin next spring at the corner of Bright and Varick streets. Rushman-Dillon believes the compact units, smaller than 400 square feet each, will attract recent college graduates and other young, urban professionals to the area. The development will include zero parking spaces.