Suit in Kush­ner firm’s case awaits rul­ing

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BUSINESS & FARM -

FREE­HOLD, N.J. — A judge says she will rule in com­ing days in a law­suit chal­leng­ing re­de­vel­op­ment plans by Jared Kush­ner’s fam­ily real es­tate com­pany for a New Jer­sey mall.

Tes­ti­mony ended Tues­day in the law­suit filed by four Ea­ton­town res­i­dents who want the court to over­turn the zon­ing ap­provals Kush­ner Cos. needs to build hun­dreds of ren­tal apart­ments atop the Mon­mouth Mall park­ing lot.

Plain­tiffs say the pub­lic has been un­fairly left out of dis­cus­sion on the project.

Kush­ner Cos. is owned by the fam­ily of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s son-in-law and se­nior ad­viser. Fed­eral fi­nan­cial dis­clo­sure forms show Jared Kush­ner still owned the mall in March, but a White House spokesman said Fri­day that he cut ties to the project in May. The spokesman said the re­lated dis­clo­sure fil­ings were not yet pub­lic and he pro­vided no doc­u­men­ta­tion.

Other real es­tate deals the Kush­n­ers have bro­kered in New Jer­sey also are un­der at­tack. In Jer­sey City, the Kush­n­ers had hoped for a 30-year lo­cal tax break for two res­i­den­tial tow­ers, but res­i­dents protested in Fe­bru­ary and the fam­ily with­drew its ap­pli­ca­tion.

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