Whalers Point project returns before zoning board Feb. 24

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Applicant R2T2, is seeking a use variance, preliminary and final major site-plan approval, as well as additional variances and design waivers to permit construction of a 24-unit, multi-family development at the site of the current Wenke’s Motel and Cottages. (MARK R. SULLIVAN/THE OCEAN STAR)

POINT PLEASANT — Applicant R2T2 will return before the Borough of Point Pleasant Zoning Board of Adjustment Wednesday for a public hearing regarding its Whalers Point project.

The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 24. R2T2 is seeking a use variance, preliminary and final major site-plan approval, as well as additional variances and design waivers to permit construction of a 24-unit, multi-family development.

According to the engineers report on the project, the property, located at 2613 Route 88, on the northeast corner of the intersection of Curtis Avenue and Route 88, consists of approximately 0.9 acres. It currently contains the Wenke’s Motel and Cottages, which has existed on the site since around the 1950s. The current site has approximately 17 different structures along Curtis and Austin avenues, while the motel, along with a pool, fronts Route 88. 

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The site is located in the general commercial [GC] zone, which permits retail and service establishments and single-family residential use, but does not permit multi-family dwellings. The property is also located in the borough’s affordable housing overlay zone, which has been a focus of contention since the applicant’s initial hearing in August 2020.

According to the notice on the hearing, proposed physical improvements for the site include removal of the existing buildings and swimming pool, and construction of an approximately 33,650- square-foot building containing 24 units, consisting of four one-bedroom and 20 two-bedroom units. The plan also calls for stormwater-management improvements, landscaping, lighting, parking and other associated site improvements.

R2T2 is seeking a use variance to permit 24 units in the overlay zone, where ordinance states no more than eight are permitted. In addition, the applicant is seeking a minimum rear-yard setback variance, which requires a minimum setback of 30 feet where 4 feet is existing along Austin Avenue and approximately 8.24 feet is proposed.

Multiple design waivers are being sought including relief from ordinances that require a parking stall size of 10 feet by 20 feet, where a stall size of 9 feet by 18 feet is being proposed, as well as relief to permit parking within 25 feet of an intersection.

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