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April 9, 2007


APRIL 9, 2007

Chairman Ammirata stated that this is a regular meeting of the Point Pleasant Beach Planning Board and adequate notice of this meeting was given by publication in the Ocean Star and by posting a copy of said notice in the front office of the Borough Hall.

Members present: Chairman AmmiraCouncilman Corbally, Mary Mossa, Elaine Koscinski, Cornelia Caldarone, Tom Spader, Sonya Lopez.
Also present was James DeBenedett, Planning Board Attorney and Raymond Savacool, Planning Board Engineer.

Motion by Mrs. Koscinski, seconded by Councilman Corbally and carried by roll call vote of those members present: Adoption of Resolution approving application; Resolution attached hereto and made a part of these minutes. Abstaining: Messrs. Spader, Ammirata and Ms. Lopez.

Motion. by Mrs. Koscinski, seconded by Councilman Corbally and carried by roll call vote of those members present: Adoption of Resolution approving application; Resolution attached hereto and made a part of these minutes. Abstaining: Mr. Spader and Ms. Lopez.

Clerk confirmed the Affidavit of Service, Notice to property owners and Affidavit of Publication in the newspaper was reviewed and found to be in order.
John Jackson, Esq., attorney for the applicant, advised the Board that the applicant proposes to open and operate a real estate office, Mary Holder Real Estate; real estate offices were permitted on the first floor prior to an ordinance change; existing store wi11 be split in half; '/2 for real estate offices and v2 for retail space; existing ordinance does provide for retail use.
Mary Holder, 12 Bay Point Harbor, Point Pleasant was sworn in and on questions from Mr. Jackson, stated:
1. real estate agencies has one corporate office and nine branches located in West Long Branch, Bradley Beach, Spring Lake, Bay Head, Point Pleasant etc.
2. downtown Point Pleasant Beach is a much more desirable location for corporate offices'
3. entered contract to purchase property in September of 2005; at the request of seller who wanted one
more season for his store; agreed to wait to close title after the 2006 summer season -
4. no parking available; driveway on right of building has gravel parking lot in rear for a total of
possible six cars; some spaces would probably be made available for retail tenant
5. applicant agreed to abandon '/ the building from the non-conforming use. of real estate office; applicant acknowledged that if the real estate offices were to be expanded in the future, approval would be required
6. no outside improvements to building planned
7. any signage would comply with local ordinance requirements
8. approximately 3 or 4 employees
9. public would not have access to parking in rear
Board members agreed the applicant could maintain the gravel parking lot.
Chairman Ammirata opened the hearing to public participation. There being no public participation that .portion of the hearing was declared closed.
Mr. Spader requested information as to why real estate offices were changed. Response was that Mayor and Council felt retail on first floor of downtown builders would generate more foot traffic.
Motion by Councilman Corbally, seconded by Mrs. Koscinski and unanimously approved by roll call vote of those members present: Application approved and - Planning Board attorney directed to prepare Resolution of Approval for adoption at the Board's next meeting.
Clerk advised Board members an application was received from Risdens for a major subdivision of five lots at property located at Ocean and New Jersey. Presently being processed.

1. Gold Fever -- Board advised no responses have been received from either the applicant or his attorney regarding fees and escrow checks; there was a preliminary engineering review and now there is an outstanding voucher for $388.38; clerk directed to send letter to applicant requesting a check for $388.38 and further advising the applicant that no further action will be taken; if application is reinstated, confirmation will have to be received that information on original application filed has not changed
2. Fee schedule: received copy of proposed new fee schedule that was prepared by Ray Savacool for the Board of Adjustment; Councilman Corbally indicated Mayor and Council did receive a revised fee schedule from the Board of Adjustment but have not acted upon it yet; Clerk directed to obtain copy from Karen Mills; Board to review present fee schedule and new fee schedule at next meeting.

There being no further business to come before the Board, the meeting was adjourned.

Published May04, 2007 | Planning Board Minutes | 410

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