Planning Board Minutes from 6/28/2002

The following Board Members were present: Mr. Beninati, Mr. Vitale, Mr. Tripodi, Mr. David, Mr. Rica, Mr. Westbrook, Mr. Schultz and Mr. Lepore.� Absent: George Schlenker, Vincent Rappa, Mr. LoForte and Mr. Lepore.� The Sunshine Law was read. Mr. Schultz made motion to accept the minutes, 2nd by Mr. Rica. All in favor. Correspondence was read into the minutes. A letter received from Vincent A. Gonnella, Business Administrator/Board Secretary of the Kenilworth board of Education requesting the opportunity to appear before the Planning Board to review an upcoming project (David Brearley Stadium Athletic Field site improvements). A faxed letter from Danielle De Vita Cerza, attorney representing A&P confirming her request to carry hearing to July 25th agenda.


Resolution for Application #05-02, R. Scorese Variance for new two family house in R-2 zone. Vote was taken Yes: Mr. Beninati,� Mr. Westbrook, Mr. Vitale, Mr. Rica (4 yes)� No: 0�� Motion granted.

Resolution denying Application #07-02, Consolidated Clothing, Inc., Variance for Sales and export of vehicles. Vote was taken: Yes: Mr. Beninati, Mr. Westbrook, Mr. Vitale and Mr. Rica�� (0 No) Motion granted.


Application #01-01

Paparatto Construction

295 N. Michigan Avenue

Block 19, Lot 24.02

Mr. Fraizer, attorney for applicant was present.� Mr. Westbrook stated that testimony was given at last meeting. Dr. Disko stated that property will have drainage control; he recommended vegetation planting to soften view in back; recommended that a curb be installed and road widened; have to have escrow; further recommendation not to issue certificate of occupancy until bond in place; cutting back size of homes to three small cape cod with breezeway; consider potential positive way to develop property. Mr. Westbrook stated that with speaking with the mayor that he would bring up the situation of Center Street being a no-parking street.� Mr. Tripodi asking how wide street being widened.� Dr. Disko stated that it would be variable and widened in certain areas. Mr. Beninati asked how much of an escrow would have to be held.� Dr. Disko stated that it would be 20% of the cost of the improvement.� Mr. Westbrook stated that there would be six variances � front and side yard.� Dr. Disko stated that property is shaped irregularly. Mr. Tripodi asked with the rear yard nothing else to soften view.� Dr. Disko states very small houses. Mr. Westbrook opened meeting to public only to comments on Dr. Disko�s report and his testimony.

The meeting was opened to the public. Steven Herankowitz was sworn in. One concern is parking and no parking street; increase in traffic; people who purchased houses in area believed property would not be developed.

Mr. Fraizer stated that 99.9% of what Dr. Disko said support application.� Nothing is 100%. Variances are not perfect. A variance necessary under Subsection of C1 Where by reason of exceptional narrowness shallowness or specific shape of a piece of property�. Property is wide rather than deep. No negative impact. Respectfully submitted that application be granted.

Mr. Rica moved to grant application and Mr. Vitale 2nd.� Voted in favor (YES 5) Mr. Beninati, Mr. Westbrook, Mr. Vitale, Mr. Rica, Mr. Pugliese (NO 2) Mr. Tripodi and Mr. Schultz�� Motion granted.

Mr. Tripodi excused himself because remaining cases were Board of Adjustment. Mr. Rica excused himself.


Application� #06-02

Pitney Partners, LP

530 N. Michigan Avenue

Block 3, Lot 1-5

This application is for a variance for free standing sign.� Darin D. Pinto, Esq. Representing Pitney Partners, LP.� Mr. Pinto stated that not having sign creates hardship. Mr. Pinto introduced Mr. Pap who was sworn in.� Mr. Pap stated sign would be subtle sign, which would simply say Berkeley 530; wooden sign w/stucco, no lights or anything fancy.� Mr. Pinto introduced four pictures. Pictures were marked 1,2,3 and 4.� Mr. Beninati asked why he didn�t put up sign on building. Mr. Pap stated that he has had a lot of complaints from truck drivers who cannot locate building.� Mr. Schultz asked if a driver could see the building as they approached the building.� Mr. Pap stated that it is difficult to see building. Mr. Beninati pointed out that most of the buildings have signs in the front; he doesn�t understand hardship.� Mr. Pinto introduced pictures marked 5,6,7, and 8 to show similar signs on the block.� Mr. Beninati and all members agreed that drawing of proposed sign was not a good example of proposed sign and would need a better picture.� Mr. Pinto asked for an adjournment. Mr. Lane stated that the extension of time to render decision and the applicants to have new exhibit available 10 days prior to July 25th; adjourned to July 25th there is no additional notice or publication required and that the applicant has consented.

Application #08-02

Montessori Pre-school

225 Eighth Street

This application is use variance for Pre-school at First Baptist Church.� Sally McGeehan was sworn in. Was approached by First Baptist Church to open preschool.� Mr. Beninati asked to be excused because he owns property within 200 feet.� Mr. Lane stated this is use variance and need five affirmative votes; don�t have quorum.� Mr. Westbrook stated that Application #08-02 would be carried over to our next scheduled meeting to July 25th and the applicant has consented.

Application #09-02

Gary Hornig

682 Bloomingdale Avenue

Block 152, Lot 8

This application is for variance placement of A/C in side yard. Gary Hornig was sworn in.� Mr. Hornig stated needs variance to put A/C in side yard; back of house has deck. Mr. Beninati asked about possibility of landscaping a screen.� Mr. Hornig provided sketch which shows shrubs in front and back and lattice, three sided enclosure around.

The meeting was opened to public.� No one came forward this portion of meeting was closed.� Mr. Pugliese moved to approve w/conditions to landscaping or screening, Mr. Schultz 2nd.� Vote was taken;� Yes: Mr. Beninati; Mr. Westbrook, Mr. Pugliese; Mr. Vitale (NO 0)� Motion granted.

Mr. Pugliese made motion to pay Planning Board Attorney and Secretary; Mr. Schultz 2nd,� All is favor.

Mr. Beninati made motion to adjourn 2nd by Mr. Shultz. All in favor.� The meeting was adjourned at 9:50PM.

Karen L. Hofmeister

Sub. Recording Secretary

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