NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A developer who is seeking variances to pave the way for a five-story apartment building in the northwest section of the city did not appear before zoning board as scheduled Monday night.

Aravind Aithal, attorney for the board, said there was an issue with the Recon Service's legal notifications with some residents within 200 feet of the proposed project. He said the developer is scheduled to testify at the June 24 meeting.

According to Recon Service's application to the city, the developer is seeking to raze several homes on Duke and Delafield streets and the Sixth Ward Service Center, along with some city-owned land.

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The plan calls for 95 one-, two- and three-bedroom units and 98 off-street parking spaces. The main entrance to the building will be on Courtland Street and a secondary entrance will be built in the rear of the building along with additional access points along Courtland Street and Central Avenue.

A 1,110 square foot cafe is also proposed for the ground floor at the intersection of Courtland, Duke and Louis streets.

In all, the proposed apartment building would cover nine lots over 40,543 square feet.

About 10 residents appeared at the meeting to hear Recon Services' testimony. Most of them left when they learned the matter was moved to June's agenda.

Princeton-based Recon Services will be seeking several bulk variances, including front-yard setback, rear-yard setback, building coverage, impervious surface coverage and parking. According to the application, 181 parking spaces are required. The developer is proposing to create 98 spaces.

The developer is also seeking some "D" variances. According to the application, the site is currently designated for single-family and two-family homes.

Recon Services is also requesting a waiver for submitting an environmental impact statement.

"As this project proposed the redevelopment of existing disturbed infill lots, an EIS would provide very little benefit," according to the application.