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16 units proposed to replace vacant Dunes Motel

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By Michael Nunes

POINT PLEASANT BEACH — The vacant Dunes by the Ocean Motel would become part of the borough’s history if plans for redevelopment of the property are approved.

The owners of the property have proposed demolishing the motel, which has been a fixture in the borough since the 1960s, and building a 16- unit condominium complex on the site.

In an application filed with the borough board of adjustment, the applicant, 3983 Destination of Holmdel, seeks a variance due to the property being in an SF-5 zone, which permits single- family dwellings, but not condominiums.

The motel is located on the corner of Ocean and Carter avenues and takes up two parcels of land that amount to 14,948 square feet.

The application was slated to go before the board of adjustment at the Feb. 16 meeting, after The Ocean Star deadline.

According to a report compiled by the borough’s engineering firm, T&M Associates, the applicant proposes razing the existing 25-unit motel and removing the existing site improvements in order to construct the condominium buildings.

The application, according to the engineer’s report, also proposes increasing the height of the building, from around 20 feet to 44 feet; two to three stories.

The plan proposes 16 condominium units, which would be on the second, third and fourth floors of the building.

Plans call for ground floor parking with 32 parking stalls underneath the building.

“We have strong reservations of the efficacy of the parking below the building,” the report of T&M reads.

“The stacked parking and minimum dimensions for parking stall width and aisles, combined with building columns will make maneuvering difficult under the building.”

The application also would increase building coverage on the property, from 37.2 percent to 57. 3 percent of the property, while impervious coverage is expected to decrease, from 91 percent of the property to 74 percent.

During the meeting, the applicant is expected to provide testimony on garbage storage and collection, as well as proposed lighting.

The applicant also plans to put a rooftop over a common area.

“The applicant proposes a rooftop common area, which will be located 41 feet above grade,” states the engineer’s report, which also asks the applicant to “Provide testimony on the amenities proposed, hours of access and general usage proposed.

According to a zoning map of the borough, most of the properties east of the train tracks are in an SF-5 zone. A block south of the zone is a HR, or high-density residental, zone, which would allow for multi-family uses.

The two principals in 3983 Destination are Ganesan Kalyanaraman and Meena Kalyanaraman, of Holmdel.

Mr Kalyanaraman declined to comment on the proposal.

His attorney, Ben Montenegro, of the law firm Montenegro, Thompson, Montenegro & Genz, did not return requests for comment.

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