Planning Board Minutes from 7/24/2003

The meeting began with the pledge of allegiance.  Roll call was taken.  Present:  Mr. Rappa, Mr. Beninati, Mr. Vitale, Mr. Schultz, Mr. Tripodi, Mr. LoForte, Mr. Lopore, Mr. Benintente.  Absent:  Mr. Westbrook, Mr. David, Mr. Rica, Mr. Pugliese, Mr. Candarella.

A motion to accept the minutes of June 26, 2003 was made by Mr. Beninati, 2nd by Mr. Rappa. All in favor.  A motion to pay the attorney and secretary was made by Mr. Lopore, 2nd by Mr. Rappa.  All in favor.

COMMUNICATIONS:  Mr. Beninati received a letter from the attorneys for Elberon Development Corporation, 141 Market Street,  to move the planning board hearing date to August 28, 2003.  Two others, Application #11-03, for Mr. E. Hafeken, 366 Boulevard,  air conditioner unit in side yard, and Application # 10-03, Mr. Cintron,14 Tulip Court, installed air conditioner unit in side yard, are continued until August 28, 2003 Planning Board meeting.

RESOLUTIONS:  Application #268, V & R Reality, Inc., Papartto Construction, 17-19 South 21st Street for two 2-family houses in LC zone was voted into a resolution for denial.  All in favor of denial:  Mr. Beninati, Mr. Rappa, Mr. Vitale, Mr. Schultz, and Mr. LoForte.

Application #06-03, Kinder/Mahon, 633 Kingston Avenue, for front cantilever setback.  All in favor:  Mr. Beninati, Mr. Rappa, Mr. Vitale, Mr. Schultz, Mr. LoForte, and Mr. Lopore.

Application #08-03, Mr. Ferrante, 633 Kingston Avenue, for addition cantilever, front & back setbacks.  All in favor:  Mr. Beninati, Mr.Rappa, Mr. Vitale, Mr. Schultz, Mr. LoForte, and Mr. Lopore.

Application # 09-03, Mr. Dobrowolski, 618 Kingston Avenue, for an addition front yard cantilever variance.  All in favor:  Mr. Beninati, Mr. Rappa, Mr. Vitale, Mr. Schultz, Mr. LoForte, and Mr. Lopore.

Application #276, Kenilworth Historical Society, the Nitshke House, for re-location of historic house on the  Boulevard to the 21st area by the Veterans Center.  All in favor: Mr. Beninati, Mr. Rappa, and Mr. Schultz, and Mr LoForte.  Mr. Lopore was recused.

NEW BUSINESS:  Application #07-03, St. Paul A.M.E. Church, 369 Monroe Avenue, for a church activity sign.  Rev. Kilby presented pictures of the sign.  Mr. Vitale explained the Site Review Committee had examined the site of the sign and requested the Planning Board approval.  A motion to approve the application was made by Mr. Beninati, 2nd by Mr. Schultz.  All in favor. 

Application #03-02, Mr. Furze, RE: Estate of Ventors Florist, 164 S. Michigan Avenue, for 2 single-family residences on 2 conforming lots.   Sworn in:  Wayne Furze.  Mr. Lawrence Barisonek, attorney, said Mr. Fruze is a contract purchaser for the Estate of Venters Florist.  The attorney stated the proposed site has 121,500 square feet with an abandoned house.  Mr. Furze wishes to demolish the house and sub-divide the property into two lots and erect two single-family houses.  Each lot area will be in excess of the code requirements.  Barbra Tobin, 716 Summit Avenue, was sworn in.  She wanted to be assured the house to be demolished would be fumigated.  The Board assured her this requirement would have to be met before Building Permits were issued. A motion to approve the application was made by Mr. Beninati, 2nd by Mr. Schultz.  All in favor.

Application #201-A, Paparatto Construction Company, 870 Boulevard, to establish a physical therapy clinic. Mr. Tripodi recused  himself, as this is a Board of Adjustment matter.  Mr. A. Markson, attorney for the Paparatto Construction Co., stated the initial proposal was turned down.  He stated bakeries, restaurants, pharmacies, food markets, and racquetball- sport facilities have a parking restriction for the proposed area.  However, the proposed sport therapy clinic should not be considered a “sport facility”, such as Ballys.    Sworn in:  Frances Dorsky, 70 Skylark Road, Springfield, the owner of the Rehabilitation Center.  She has been negotiating for 1,700 square feet of space at 870 Boulevard.  Her Center in Chatam treats patients that are referred by a doctor for physical therapy.  She will have two employees and will require 4 or 5 parking spaces.  Sworn in:  Matthew Loughlin, the director of physical therapy in Chatam.  Mr. LoForte inquired about the proposed hours of operation.  Ms. Dorsky said a few hours in the morning and late afternoon.  She said the facility will occupy one section of the building at the far end and will give one-on-one care.  Mr. Markson said this unit would not be an “intensive use”, and would not require as many parking spaces as another type of business.  Mr. Beninati made a motion to approve the application, 2nd by Mr. Schultz.  Approved:  Mr. Beninati, Mr. Schultz, Mr. LoForte, Mr. Lopore, and Mr. Benintente.  Against:  Mr. Rapppa, and Mr. Vitale.  Application granted.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Janet Murphy, Recording Secretary

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