Plaintiffs in the mall suit are claiming town officials privately negotiated with the Kushners for half a year without telling the community, then rushed a vote on new zoning rules that benefited only Kushner's company after the deal already had been rejected.[...] the attorneys for the Kushner Cos. say the mall was in "steady decay" and that those opposing the expansion want to block the company from building affordable housing for needy residents.The Kushners have been pressing the city to approve a downsized version of a 22-building waterfront community the family promised years ago, but that is uncertain given resentment over stalled construction and a lawsuit from condo investors who feel misled.In August 2015, Kushner's parents threw a garden party honoring Trump at the family's block-long oceanside estate in Long Branch, where officials soon will vote on a proposal to give the Kushner Cos. and a real estate partner up to $25 million in taxpayer-backed financing for a resort development."Jared Kushner took the lead, he introduced himself and spoke about his company," Republican Mayor Dennis Connelly said in a description of the initial pitch, according to borough council meeting minutes.After news of the plan finally broke in the local press in February 2016, records show that one council member emailed Connelly to suggest people be allowed to comment in an upcoming meeting, saying residents felt "the project is being rushed."More than 100 residents packed a public meeting that April, with many arguing that Kushner's scaled-back plan to build 800 apartments would cause gridlock and drain social services in the sleepy borough.Judy Rutan, a caterer whose backyard flanks the mall, had been worried that the value of her home would fall with apartment blocks going up next door, so was relieved to think that the expansion was over."According to you, not according to us!" one resident shouted.[...] I'll call the vote now.With the town divided, four residents — three Democrats and one Republican — filed suit against Eatontown weeks before the presidential election seeking to void the council vote, claiming that borough officials' decision to meet in a smaller room was "practically designed" to limit debate.The suit accused officials of violating the public meetings act, along with breaking with procedure and land-use law by giving special zoning favors to a single developer, an illegal act called "spot zoning."
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