BELMAR, NJ — Plans for two high-rise condominium buildings on 12th Avenue in Belmar — both within a block of the beachfront — will be unveiled on Wednesday, May 23 to the Belmar Zoning Board of Adjustment.
One five-story, 24-unit building is proposed for a consolidated lot at 105, 107 and 109 12th Avenue — currently the site of several of the street’s most notorious summer “animal houses” with chronic records of quality-of-life violations. Planned for across the street at 112-114 12th Avenue, the other structure with another 24 residential units would replace the Belmar Inn, also a designated animal house that shut its doors this winter due to code violations.
Although year-round 12th Avenue residents have complained for years about their rowdy summer neighbors and Belmar Inn’s transient clientele, there now is mounting concern over the size and scope of these proposed 57-foot-tall structures — 24 feet over current height requirements for this residential zone.
In comparison, the 40-room Belmar Inn now stands at 33 feet tall and the rooming house at 107 12th Avenue rises 30 feet, according to the applications.The proposed 57 feet in height for each building encompasses “one story of surface parking” for 24 spaces and another four stories of living space.
Both developers — 109 12th Avenue Inc. and Belmar A & Belmar B 10712 Realty LLC, both of Roslyn Heights, N.Y., and Edelman Investment Group, contract purchaser for the Belmar Inn — are seeking a multitude of variances not only for height, but parking, yard setbacks, building coverage, impervious lot coverage and floor/area ratio.
Since receiving notification of the development plans last week, residents are making their opinions known on social media and throughout the neighborhood — an indication that a larger-than-usual crowd is expected at the special zoning board meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at the municipal building, 601 Main Street.
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