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September 1, 2016

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The September 1, 2016 Special 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, Chairman Struncius, Mr. Reynolds, Mr. Dixon, Mr. Schneider and Ms. Crapser
Absent – Mr. Davis and Mr. DePolo
Ms. Crasper has recused herself from the following application

Application #2016-33 Jenkinson’s Pavilion – 300 Ocean Ave (265 Boardwalk – Block 120 Lot – 1.01/Block 211 Lot 1 – Applicant wishes to resurface the Aquarium Facade, construct a new ticket booth on the boardwalk and reconstruct entrance catwalk and new gazebo in parking lot. Applicant is also applying for LED signage for ticket booth.

John Jackson attorney for applicant stated that the applicant is seeking the following variances and Minor Site Plan approval:

A. For a conditional use variance for the guest services addition, which encroaches into the setback, whereas no activity, ride, attraction, promotional activity or structure shall be permitted in any required setback area or in the case of an existing building or structure adjoining the Boardwalk right-of-way.

B. For proposed rear yard setback of 20.5 feet (to new guest services booth), whereas 25 feet is required.

C. For preexisting and proposed side yard setback of 9.5 feet (north), whereas 10 feet is required.

D. For a digital LED message sign, whereas animated, flashing or illusionary signage is not permitted.

E. For proposed signage greater than 50 square feet, whereas 50 square feet of signage is the maximum permitted.

F. For proposed signage exceeding the height of the roof line of the building, whereas this is not permitted.

G. For 3 proposed total number of signs for the Aquarium use, whereas one sign for each use is the maximum permitted.

John Jackson also stated that the applicant is proposing minor exterior renovations to the existing Jenkinson’s Aquarium. There will be no tobacco or alcohol advertisements on the proposed LED signage. The LED signage will be available for the use of emergency services, should it be necessary.
Jeffrey J. Carr, P.E., P.P., applicant’s professional engineer, sworn, stated that the proposed new signage will aesthetically enhance the Aquarium. The “Jenkinson’s Aquarium” sign will be internally illuminated. The signage on the south side of the building will be for directional purposes. The proposed LED animated sign for the Aquarium will be located on the Boardwalk side of the building. This screen will have the capability to display live feeds and other types of animation, but will not emit sound. The LED sign will not have a negative impact on the Boardwalk location and will be consistent with the type of use.
The applicant is proposing to construct a new catwalk for direct access to the existing bath houses. A new Guest Services kiosk is proposed to be constructed, located near the front entrance to the Aquarium. The Guest Services kiosk will serve as an informational booth, providing information to the public about events and activities along the Boardwalk.
Glenn Lepore, AIA, applicant’s professional architect, sworn, stated that the building is currently clad in a pink dryvit system; however, the dryvit is adhered to the substrate instead of being mechanically bound to the substrate, because of this, the applicant is seeking to improve the façade in the event that some of the material may start to deteriorate and the Ocean Avenue side of the building is proposed to be re-clad.
A number of wall sconce light fixtures will be added to the Ocean Avenue side of the building right below the signage. They will be white dome acrylic light fixtures. There will be linear strip lighting underneath the two brown parapets on the Ocean Avenue side of the building. The proposed tower on the Ocean Avenue side of the building will feature a sea turtle, and the side of the building heading towards the Boardwalk will feature a large clown fish, to coincide with the Aquarium theme of the building. They will not protrude farther than 30 inches from the building. The catwalk that is to be constructed to provide access to the bath houses will be elevated to allow for parking underneath. The ramp leading from the street to the Boardwalk entrance will feature an architectural overhang to allow pedestrians to take cover in periods of rainfall or inclement weather. The arrow-shaped signage on the renderings as shown to the Board at the time of the hearing will be changed to alternate signage, extending no more than 18 inches above what appears on the renderings. The Guest Service kiosk will have the capacity for up to three staff members to assist the public through service windows. The existing dome-shaped gazebo will be replaced with a new gazebo similar in size; however, it will be octagon-shaped.
Frank Storino, applicant, sworn, stated that Jenkinson’s is seeking to update the appearance of the Aquarium because the building is 25 years old, and the design is outdated. The front entrance to the Aquarium will feature a minor renovation; however, besides that, the majority of the renovations will be on the exterior of the building. Over the years, the Aquarium has needed to add additional air conditioning units on the side of the building to maintain the cool temperature of the building due to the increase in sea animals and associated tanks and equipment. The location of the proposed Guest Services kiosk will be appropriately located along the Boardwalk, given that it is proximate to the transition between the commercial and residential bungalow district of the Boardwalk. The internally illuminated signage will not shut off in the evening.


Cindy Claus, Aquarium Director, sworn stated that Jenkinson’s Aquarium was accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums in 2008. The need for additional air conditioning units is to safely maintain the lives of the animals in the Aquarium. The animal population at the Aquarium has significantly increased over the years.

Audience questions/comments

Dave Cavagnaro, 118 Parkway Avenue, expressed concern about the animated LED signage, stating that it was inconsistent with the Boardwalk character.

Deliberations
Spader – all presentations made from Jenkinson’s are always topnotch. The upgrade is something that is necessary. Would like to make sure that the guest service sign is a rolling sign and not blinking.
Kelly – Commented that when he was on the boardwalk last week three people approached him and inquired where the Aquarium was. Only concern is advertisements on the rolling sign.
Reilly – I agree with everything that has been said. The first time I took the grand kids to the Aquarium I was not expected much and we were blown away at how much there was to see and how well it was managed. This is a positive and agree very much with what was said about customer service.
Reynolds – Bill stole my thunders – congratulations on 25 years – this is one of the main attractions in Ocean County – gives education to our children – on any given day there are busloads of children. Very much in favor
Dixon – Not much more to say – think this is a wonderful improvement.
Schneider - Only concern was the LED sign – anything with Jenkinson’s has always been first class.
Struncius - Some of my concerns were the moving lighting on the Ocean Avenue side of the building but that isn’t the case. It is subtle lighting and will make sure they are within code. It will look clean and look nice. The LED sign and moving ticker is the name of the game and modernizing. I think it is classy.

Conditions
1. The LED TV will be limited to displaying attractions for the Aquarium and related attractions that promote the Boardwalk, Jenkinsons’ and its sponsors as part of sponsored events and Point Pleasant Beach. It will not be used to promote commercial products such as tobacco or alcohol, drink specials and will not promote non-Boardwalk facilities. The LED TV is not to be accompanied by or have audio.

2. The Board found the building, which is festive and appropriate for this location and use, presents many different types of signage. The Board saw no reason to document with specificity of all deviations from the sign ordinance. However, the applicant is bound to maintain the façade of the building as shown on Exhibit “A” which is attached. In the event the façade requires changes or upgrading in the future the applicant must seek relief from the Zoning Board of Adjustment. Exhibit “A” is to be reviewed and approved by the Board at the time of memorialization.

3. The applicant agreed to enter into a Developer Agreement with the Borough to provide the Borough and its Police Department use of the screen in the event of emergencies.

4. The approvals of Resolution 1990-34 remains in full force in effect accept has herein modified, including the expansion of the visitor area, the air conditioning units and the remodeled façade and its signage.

5. The scrolling ticker sign is not to blink or flash.

Motion by vice chair Reilly, second by Mr. Reynolds to approve #2016-33 Jenkinson’s Pavilion – 300 Ocean Ave (265 Boardwalk – Block 120 Lot – 1.01/Block 211 Lot 1 with conditions.

In favor – Spader, Kelly, Reilly, Reynolds, Dixon, Schneider and Struncius
Opposed – None
Application approved with conditions.
Motion to adjourn at 9:40pm

Attest – Karen L. Mills, LUA
Clerk of the Board


Published October24, 2016 | Board of Adjustment Minutes | 2418


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