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Hasbrouck Heights Zoning Board Adjourns Controversial Construction Hearing

Members of the Zoning Board of Adjustments listened to over ninety minutes of testimony and public comments.
Members of the Zoning Board of Adjustments listened to over ninety minutes of testimony and public comments. Photo Credit: Faith Ballantine-Armonaitis
Gary Cohen, attorney for Prime Developers of New Jersey, addresses the zoning board.
Gary Cohen, attorney for Prime Developers of New Jersey, addresses the zoning board. Photo Credit: Faith Ballantine-Armonaitis
Members of the public address their concerns about the proposal multi-family building.
Members of the public address their concerns about the proposal multi-family building. Photo Credit: Faith Ballantine-Armonaitis
The undeveloped lot at the corner of Oldfield Avenue and Washington Place.
The undeveloped lot at the corner of Oldfield Avenue and Washington Place. Photo Credit: Faith Ballantine-Armonaitis

HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, N.J. — Prime Developers of New Jersey's hearing has been adjourned until the next Hasbrouck Heights Zoning Board meeting next month.

The developers are requesting variances for proposed 10-unit multi-family residential complex at the lot located on the corner of Oldfield Avenue and Washington Place.

Prime Developers hope the zoning board will approve variances pertaining to consolidation of lots, usage, exceeding height limit and more.

Project engineer David Hals presented overall details of the proposed construction including grating, utility, draining, driveway access, and visitor parking.

A drainage system in compliance with state stormwater management regulations will be installed, Hals said. He also pointed out that two of the ten units would be affordable housing units.

Board member Rich Palummier asked about the houses to the rear of the property which would be looking at a “monstrous building in their backyard.” Hals said that it would act as a buffer from the noise on Route 17.

Architect Michael Scro reviewed the renderings, explaining the creative process in designing the townhouses as well as the aesthetics and interior layouts.

Real estate broker Jim DeSimone spoke about the previous marketing efforts of the property saying that even when the property was planned for five single-family homes, selling the lots proved difficult and deals with two previous developers had fallen through.

He suggested that building townhouses was a better use of the property, providing a lovely aesthetic and buffer to Route 17, more than other complexes in town.

Several residents raised concerns and asked questions including the increase in traffic and the already over-taxed sewer system.

Board member Rita Perdomo pointed out that the Hasbrouck Heights’ master plan, which has been in effect for years, indicated that “we don’t need any more multifamily units in town. Single family homes is what is needed.”

After a five-minute recess, Gary Cohen, lawyer for the developer, asked for time to consider all the input and continue at the next meeting.

The next Hasbrouck Heights Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 27.

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