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October 16, 2014


The October 16, 2014 regular meeting of the Point Pleasant Beach Board of Adjustment opened at 7:30 pm. The clerk read the notice of compliance with the "Open Public Meetings Act. Present were regular members: Mr. Spader, Mr. Dixon, Mr. Kelly, Vice-Chair Reilly, Mr. Reynolds and Mr. Ardito
Alternates:Mr. Davis and Mr. Ferguson

Absent: Chairman Struncius, Mr. Renner and Mr. Loder

Also present: Dennis Galvin, Board Attorney, Ray Savacool, Board Engineer and Eileen Farrell, Deputy Clerk

Resolutions –

Motion by Mr. Spader, second by Mr. Kelly to approve application #2014-37 of James/Holly Harris – 302 Niblick Street – Block 104; Lot 19 – with conditions

In favor – Spader, Dixon, Vice-Chair Reilly, Reynolds, Ardito and Davis
Opposed: None

Motion by Motion by Mr. Kelly, second by Mr. Spader to approve Application #2014-34 – Coastal Equities LLC/Paul Ernst - 1507 Ocean Avenue – Block 13.05 with conditions

In favor: Spader, Dixon, Vice-Chair Reilly, Ardito and Davis
Opposed: None

Alsdorf Rendering – 312 St. Louis – Alsdorf (requested by Board to be submitted prior to memorialization)

Mr. Ardito stated that the applicant did everything that he was asked to and it looks very nice.

Motion by Mr. Ardito, second Mr. Spader to approve the rendering.

In favor: Spader, Dixon, Reilly, Reynolds Ardito and Davis

Not voting – Kelly and Ferguson

Application #2014-29 – Gary/Arlene Sciarrino – 74 Inlet Drove – Block 176/Lot 8.01 – Applicant wishes to demolish existing single family dwelling and construct a new FEMA compliant single family dwelling.

John Jackson, attorney for applicant has spoken with neighbor’s attorney, Ron Gasiorowski and believes they have worked out the kinks in the application. Applicant has agreed to the deed restriction of no rentals for 15 years. There is a storm drain right in the middle of the easement. Has been advised that the grate can be replaced with a flat grate that can be driven over. The applicant has agreed not to rent for 15 years; and the plans need to be revised so that the parking can be shown to be accessed right in front of the home. This would alleviate the neighbors’ concerns. The board inquired if this would require a curb cut. (Yes) There is not any parking allowed on the street in that area.

Mr. Spader asked for clarification on plans. Verity Frizell, architect, sworn, credentials accepted, stated that it is a two car garage. Dennis Galvin stated that it might be smarter to have the updated plans when the application is presented. Exhibit A-4 – New plan for parking. Verity Frizell explained that where the two windows are will now be the two-car garage. The new proposed home will have four bedrooms – one on the first floor and three bedrooms on the second floor. Mr. Spader commented that now the applicant will be parking under the home and the house can be moved to conform. Vice-Chair Reilly would like to know what the old home covered for the next meeting.

Motion by Mr. Reynolds, second by Mr. Spader to carry application #2014-29 –of Gary/Arlene Sciarrino – 74 Inlet Drove – Block 176/Lot 8.01 to January 15, 2015 with notice.

In favor: Spader, Dixon, Kelly, Reynolds, Ardito, Davis and Vice-Chair Reilly
Opposed: None

Application #2014-30 – Dr. William/Deborah Focazio – 45 Inlet Drive – Block 175/Lot 23 – Applicant wishes to demolish existing dwelling and construct a new FEMA compliant single family dwelling with parking underneath.

Application #2014-31 – Dr. William/Deborah Focazio – 41, 41A and 43 Inlet Drive – Block 175/lot 24, 25.01 and 25.02 – Applicant wishes to demolish three (3) single family dwellings. Three lots would merge and a new FEMA compliant two-family dwelling would be constructed on one lot with parking underneath.

John Jackson, attorney for applicant, stated that the applicant’s architect was given creative license to create something spectacular for what we believe is one of the most spectacular properties in Point Pleasant Beach. We acknowledge that this is somewhat of a bold application and design but once you hear the proofs you will see it is a very good thing for Point Pleasant Beach.

Ron Gasiorowski, represents William Cleary, and will be having witnesses in opposition to this application.

Dr. William Focazio, applicant, sworn, stated that his parents came to Point Pleasant Beach in 1953. They purchased this home in 1963. At one time his family owned all of the homes. This has always been like summer camp to him his whole life; Sandy wiped out all of their dreams. They have repaired the bulk head numerous times. Homes had been well taken care of. This is a spectacular spot and we have our family gatherings there. Dr. Focazio believes that having a light house there would help with safety and he feels a special connection to the area. He believes this project would help improve the park; he also believes there should be a gazebo that he would like to help the town build the gazebo along with providing life preservers for the inlet area. Dr. Focazio stated that he also replaced the bulk head by his home. Ray Savacool stated that it is Dr. Focazio's private bulk head and not the town’s responsibility; it was Dr.’s Focazio’s responsibility to replace it.

Ron Gasiorowski, N-1 photo questioned – aerial photograph – Questioned about the two properties the Dr. sold at the south end. Ron Gasiorowski questioned if the Dr. is trying to build on all the square footage of the property. (Yes)Ron Gasiorowski clarified the Dr.’s statement that the family previously owned all the bungalows in that area at one time. (Yes) Ron Gasiorowski inquired if he would still make the donation to the Borough if his application is not approved. (Maybe)Ron Gasiorowski inquired if he could reconstruct the original four (4) homes in their footprint. (Possibly)

Audience questions

Nina Halter – 68A Inlet Drive – Inquired if the lighthouse would be a private building. (Yes) Would be attached to your home. (Yes)

James Peter Kokkalis, RA – Licensed New Jersey Architect, has appeared previously before boards in Millburn, Linden and Westfield, credentials accepted, stated that he has had a business relationship with Dr. Focazio for years. He had worked previously with him in the designing Dr. Focazio’s medical offices. They developed a plan to encompass all of the homes to have a unit for his Mom and sister and then one for Dr. Focazio. They reviewed other townships and properties; this location is unique and very small. They have a rendering Exhibit A-3. A-4, A – 5 and A-6 are photos depicting what the existing homes would look like lifted in their exact locations, which would provide some parking. This did not leave a lot of deck space and would be difficult for older people to access. It occurred to him if they raised the entire site they gained fifteen (15) parking spaces under the decks. A-8 – Exhibit prepared by Mr. Kokkalis showing the setbacks. It is impossible to meet existing setback requirements because the lots are so small. The applicant is maintaining the lot separation at the back of the property. Ray Savacool stated that the height of the lighthouse is 55 feet. The lighthouse will be accessed from the master bedroom. Mr. Ardito inquired the amount of light the lighthouse will give off. It was clarified that the lighthouse is not for navigational purposes. Mr. Ardito is still concerned that it will be giving off light at 55 feet high and is concerned how it will affect the neighbors. It was stated that there will not be spillage onto other properties. A- 8 – Survey A-9 and A-10 – Photos
John Jackson stated that it will be a normal light (decorative illumination) and will not violate any Coast Guard regulations. John Jackson said that they will check with the Coast Guard. The exterior walkway will have low light for illumination.

John Jackson reviewed Engineers letters. Replacing single family homes with single family homes. Existing homes total eleven (11 bedrooms). New homes total sixteen (16 bedrooms) including the maids bedroom. Dr. Focazio stated that all four homes received substantial damage letters. Ground level will contain 10 parking spaces on one section and five parking spaces on the other section for a total of fifteen parking spaces. Roof ridge is 41.66 and lighthouse is 53.33feet in height. Mr. Reynolds stated that the 41 feet is not driven by the flood elevation; it is driven by the want for a third floor. Mr. Reynolds stated that the applicant could meet the ordinance with two stories and be under the 35 feet.

Ron Gasiorowski – Questioned Ground level and questioned the distance from ground level to the first floor and whether there would be any storage (No). He inquired if there would be anything on ground level of lighthouse (No). Ray Savacool clarified that the lighthouse will not be a navigational aid. Ron Gasiorowski inquired if the lighthouse is an extended living area of the home. (Yes) Inquired of the architect if he ever considered designing anything to fit the existing footprint. (No) Architect has not calculated square footage of proposed buildings.

Audience questions

Michael Mignella, 47 Inlet Drive - Curious about the supports for the structure. There will be pilings? (Yes) Professionals do not have the answer at this time.

Dave Cavagnaro, 118 Parkway – Questioned the three story structure (yes) Swimming pool (Yes) Impervious coverage 100% (Yes).

Mr. Jackson waived the time that the Board has to hear this case.

Motion by Mr. Ardito, second by Mr. Reynolds to carry application #2014-31 of Dr. William/Deborah ?Focazio to January 15, 2015 without notice.

In favor: Spader, Dixon, Kelly, Reynolds, Ardito, Davis and Vice-Chair Reilly
Opposed: None

Meeting adjourned at 9:55pm

Attest: Karen L. Mills, Clerk of the Board (Minutes from audio)

Published December05, 2014 | Board of Adjustment Minutes | 1997

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