BRADLEY BEACH — Two vacant properties on Main Street have a date with the bulldozer as the borough approved plans to demolish two unused buildings and construct a four-story mixed-use building on both sites.
Autotek, at 811 Main Street, and a vacant commercial building north of it, at 803 Main Street, will be leveled to make room for a mixed-use building, with commercial units on the ground floor and 18 apartment units from the second to fourth floor.
The application to construct the building was approved at the Bradley Beach Planning Board meeting on Aug. 27, and a resolution for the application is expected to be approved at the board’s next meeting on Sep. 24.
The project was proposed by Coastal Custom Builders LLC. The applicant needed the board to approve one variance, as no loading zone for the building was included in the proposal. The board approved the variance and granted preliminary and final site plan approval with one member voting against the proposal.
William Psiuk, chair of the borough’s planning board, told The Coast Star that the board approved the project because it was a “huge improvement on Main Street.” “It follows the Master Plan as far as what Bradley Beach and its residents are looking for,” Mr. Psiuk said.
John Naples, who owns Coastal Custom Builders LLC, purchased the Autotek property a year ago. Over the past 15 years, he has built multiple townhouses in the borough. The site is located in front of the Bradley Beach Fire Company, and the original plans for the building were redesigned to include a fire lane for fire trucks.
Mr. Naples told The Coast Star that he came up with the project as a way to improve the area.
“I think it will bring more foot traffic to the local businesses, which I think they need,” he said. “I really believe that Main Street needs foot traffic, so I think that a building like this will definitely bring foot traffic for the local businesses.”
“Getting rid of two distressed properties, it is definitely a plus for the whole town,” he said. Demolition will begin at the end of the year or the start of next year, Mr. Naples said. Before that, the board needs to pass the resolution for the application and he will wait until the end of a 45-day period during which an appeal can be filed against the project.
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