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March 3, 2016


The March 3, 2016 additional Regular Meeting of the Board of Adjustment opened at 7:30pm. The clerk read the notice of compliance with the "Open public meetings act." Present were Board members: Mr. Spader, Mr. Kelly, vice-chair Reilly, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Schneider, Mr. Dixon and Mr. DePolo

Absent – Chairman Struncius, Mr. Renner and Mr. Davis

Also present – Dennis Galvin, Ray Savacool and Karen Mills

Application #2016- 08 – Godwin Family Properties, LLC/Point Lobster – 1 St. Louis Avenue – Block 174; Lot 1.01, 1.02 and 2. - Applicant wishes to construct a new seafood restaurant and reconstruct an existing seafood processing plant.

Ray Bogan, attorney for applicant, seeking approval of demolition and reconstruction of an existing seafood processing plant which will make up the first floor as well as a restaurant on the second floor.
John C. Amelchenko, Professional architect, sworn, credentials accepted, stated that he was approached by John Godwin to design a food processing plant/ restaurant that would take advantage of the unique location.
We were directed to create something more commercial/industrial looking. Selection of materials – industrial brick/reclaimed wood – things that blend in with manufacturing. First floor is Food processing plant which is 1500 square feet of enclosed space which includes an elevator and staircase which provides access to the second floor restaurant. Restaurant is 1600 square feet and proposing 48 seats and 28 seats on the balcony; small commercial kitchen and bathroom facilities. Mechanicals will be contained on the roof. Building was designed to take advantage of the waterfront views. Balcony has a roof covering supported by pilings and cable railings. Relatively small restaurant – in keeping with the Master plan and believes that it fits beautifully with the seafood market. Building will be flood compliant. Flood zone AE elevation 9 – Restaurant at elevation 17.8. Bulk head is roughly parallel to the front of the building. Existing fish market and residential home are remaining.
No audience questions/comments
Robert Burdick, Professional Planner/Engineer, sworn, stated that the parcel is actually three (3) lots. The Point Lobster Fish market has eight (8) outside tables and a 2-bedroom apartment located in the second story. Property also includes a marina which requires the storage for equipment. There is also a seafood processing plant which is old; the operation has diminished over the years and the owner is trying to diversify. The single family home has been around since the 1940’s. The restaurant is going to have a very nice west view of the sunsets. The outside fishing equipment will now be stored internally. There are presently eight employees and twelve (12) delivery vehicles. Applicant wishes to maintain all of the existing operations. The lots will be consolidated. Parking lot is currently gravel and request a waiver to keep it gravel. Decorative plantings will be arborvitae, viburnum and box wood. The project will require a CAFRA permit. Most of the “C” variances are pre-existing.
Believes that the variances can be granted without being a substantial detriment to the zoning ordinances. 53 parking spaces are needed under the RSIS for the entire site; 33 are provided. There is also on street parking that can be utilized in the area.
Hours will be noon until 10pm for the restaurant and will be BYOB.
Mr. DePolo has concerns about the gravel parking lot because of the lack of delineation for parking. Ray Bogan stated that they will have curb stops and signage. John Godwin is leaning more towards crushed shells and lumber for wheel stops for a natural look.
No audience questions/comments
Spader – Everything used to be clam shells in Point Pleasant Beach. This application is a positive step in that area. Thank you to the Professional for a wonderful presentation. I am sure this is going to work and fully support this application.

Kelly – I agree with Mr. Spader – I have been saying for years that the area down there is a gold mine for education and a golden opportunity for a restaurant. Likes the design – fully support this application.
Reynolds – Agrees with everything that Mr. Spader had to say. IT is something that he has thought of – a great area for local Shoppe’s and restaurants. Will enhance the area – might be the starting point of redevelopment of the river area. There is also parking on Channel and Broadway.
Dixon – Beautiful building – happy someone is fixing up the area. Glad that the owner lives on site and will keep an on it. Wishes the applicant lick with the project.
Schneider – Aesthetically pleasing structure; it will improve the area. Concerned about parking on both sides – great idea though.
DePolo – When I saw the plans I was excited – at the same time I think this place will be popular and that parking will be an issue, which is why I wanted a paved parking lot. Hopefully I don’t get to say I told you so. Suggested the idea of bike racks (applicant agreed)
Reilly – I was kind of thrilled when I saw this application; it could get things started in that area. It really fits the marine area. Is ok with crushed shells – it would be beautiful there.

1. Applicant is to consolidate the lots
2. Applicant is submit a landscape plan to the Board Engineer.
3. Applicant is to install bike racks.
4. Building is to be constructed as described to the Board at the time of the hearing.
5. Applicant must comply with the Board Engineer’s letter

Motion by Mr. Reynolds, second by Mr. Kelly to approve Application #2016- 08 – Godwin Family Properties, LLC/Point Lobster – 1 St. Louis Avenue – Block 174; Lot 1.01, 1.02 and 2. – With conditions.

In favor – Spader, Kelly, Reynolds, Dixon, Schneider, DePolo and Reilly
Opposed: None

Next meeting- March 17, 2016
Meeting adjourned at 9:30pm
Attest: Karen L. Mills – LUA, Clerk of the Board

Published April08, 2016 | Board of Adjustment Minutes | 2308

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