BELMAR, NJ — The next Belmar zoning board hearing on the proposed four-story, 24-unit condominium building on 12th Avenue has been postponed until January 17.

The next hearing was scheduled for October 25, but attorney William Shipers of the Edelman Investment Group requested an original two-month extension — to December 20 — to resume testimony on the controversial plan to replace the currently closed Belmar Inn at 112-114 12th Avenue.

During the last hearing on August 23, additional changes to the project were informally unveiled, primarily in response to the continued opposition to the plan by residents who maintain that the building is too large and too dense for the neighborhood, too close to adjacent property lines and is out of character with surrounding smaller homes.

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The borough is awaiting the submission of those plans, which include the nearly doubling the number of spaces on the ground-level parking area and lowering that area’s height by one foot so that the building’s total height of 41 feet will be about the same as the existing Belmar Inn.

Meanwhile, work has been ongoing since mid-July to reopen the 40-room Belmar Inn, shuttered since last winter due to numerous fire and building code violations.

With permits filed for repairs and emergency plans updated, the building is still undergoing renovations in order to bring it in total compliance, according to Belmar Fire Marshal Ryan Dullea.

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