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Kushners face heated trial over suburban Jersey mall project

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Posted at 9:13 PM, Jul 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-07 22:21:02-04

A lawsuit pitting the ambitions of Jared Kushner's family real estate company against residents of a small New Jersey town is set to go to trial next week.

The Kushner Cos. hopes to build hundreds of rental apartments atop a mall parking lot in what it calls an effort to save its shopping development in Eatontown and provide affordable housing.

But some residents think the expansion is a terrible idea and allege town officials showed favoritism to the company by illegally rushing through approvals.

One resident says "the whole feel of the town" is at risk.

Several real estate deals Kushner brokered in New Jersey have come under attack since he became a senior adviser to President Donald Trump. A White House spokesman says Kushner divested from the Eatontown mall.