Atlantic Pier returns before planning board May 25

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The hearing on the Shopper’s Village project application by applicant Atlantic Pier Co. will continue before the borough planning board on May 25. (MARK R. SULLIVAN/THE OCEAN STAR)

BAY HEAD — Atlantic Pier Co., Inc. will return before the Bay Head Planning Board in May.

The applicant was to go before the board for a special meeting on Monday, April 12, but due to availability issues, the meeting never occurred. At the board’s April 19 meeting, a new date was scheduled for the continuation of the hearing on the Bay Head Shopper’s Village application.

“The date that was originally scheduled in the prior hearing date turned out to be a date that the applicant and/or the applicant’s attorney and/or some of their experts were not going to be available,” board attorney Steven A. Zabarsky told The Ocean Star. “The new date is Tuesday, May 25 at 6:30 p.m.”  

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Atlantic Pier Co., Inc. was last before the board on March 29, where amendments to its Bay Head Shopper’s Village application, including a reduction in the height of its proposed building and the elimination of a retail unit, were addressed.

The company came before the borough planning board to seek amended preliminary and final major site-plan approval, use variance approval, a variance to construct a three-story structure, and two new bulk variances to construct four retail units, a ground-floor parking area and one apartment located on the uppermost level of the building. 

During the nearly four-hour hearing, testimony was provided by the project’s engineer, architect and planner regarding changes made to the application.

“The height of the building has been reduced [to 32.5 feet above the Base Flood Elevation] to meet the maximum height,” the applicant’s attorney Donna Jennings said. “It does still require a variance for the number of stories … as there are three stories proposed. 

“We did eliminate one retail unit, as well as one of the apartments [proposed to be a three bedroom unit] so we have also eliminated the parking variance. There are 23 parking spaces required and there are 24 onsite.”

During the meeting, the applicant opted to withdraw the addition of a cupola on the building, an issue raised by many residents at prior meetings.

When the applicant returns, professionals are expected to continue to be cross examined by attorney Donna Erem, of Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi, who is representing objectors Lisa Baney and Lou Goetting.

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