BELMAR, NJ — From residential construction of various types to a take-out restaurant on Main Street, here’s a rundown of development projects requiring variances recently approved by the zoning board of adjustment.

New Home, New Addition, New Year-Round Remodel: Highlights of Residential Approvals

A former summer rental is getting a new life. Frank Pino and Michele Mars, the new owners of 215 14th Avenue, received the go-ahead for a complete renovation of the two-family dwelling. The first unit will consist of six bedrooms and three bathroom, and the second unit will be four bedrooms and two and one-half bathrooms — a total decrease of three bedrooms from the structure’s current configuration.

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While Pino and Mars said they will be living in one residence, the other unit will be rented to family and friends. An existing cottage will be demolished, making way for a garage and driveway to accommodate two vehicles, as well as a rear deck. In addition, the existing two front doors will be replaced by one, giving it the appearance of a single-family home.

A new home will rise at 1901 Surf Avenue, where the summer residence of George and Nancy Oliver now stands. The board approved their plans to build a four-bedroom, three-bathroom dwelling. The existing garage will remain. The couple said that it would take more work to renovate the current 70-year-old structure, which was damaged during Superstorm Sandy in 2012, and bring it up to code, than to build a new dwelling.

Walter and Bettyanne Suchowiecki received approval to build a 364-square-foot addition to their ranch home at 1101 E Street. The new second-story floor would include a one-car attached garage, two bedrooms and one bathroom.

Take-Out Eatery Ok’d for Former Dental Arts Building

A take-out restaurant with a walk-up window was given the OK to open in the former Shore Dental Arts building at 1405 Main Street.

According to plans submitted by applicant JAG Properties, the existing 150-square-foot space would be turned into a kitchen, counter area and enough room to seat nine persons, Also, there would be seating for 12 persons outside. While there currently is a sign in the storefront’s window reading, “Steak Stand,” JAG could not be reached for information on when the remodeling work would begin.


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