FAIR LAWN – As of 10:30 a.m., the QuickChek application remains on the Zoning Board of Adjustment agenda for this evening, 7 p.m Dec. 18, after a scheduled residential application is to be heard and another new business application for a “proposed makeup/tattoo shop” on Saddle River Road is going to be carried to another meeting.
The regularly scheduled meeting for this evening follows the Dec. 14 special meeting in which QuickChek’s engineer, Charles Olivo, testified about lighting and landscaping. Tonight’s meeting will be the third official hearing before the board.
There were no substantial changes agreed to during the testimony on Dec. 14.
Olivo fielded questions from the borough’s engineers and the public, all of which discussed the 5,757-sq.-foot storefront.
The application is for a 1.66-acre convenience store, including five fuel pumps at 16-00 River Road, currently a closed TD Bank. The property abuts the Board of Education bus depot on Bergen Avenue.
Along with the TD Bank property, QuickChek, also known as Core Mark, is “under contract” for two residential abutting properties, which are included in the application.
The three properties are in a B4 zone and a Residential I3 zone. A gas station is not a permitted use in the zone and it is one of several variances requested.
Olivo said there is room for an emergency-only generator in the loading dock area. QuickChek has an agreement to have a generator temporarily installed with a separate company in case of an emergency, including power outages similar to what occurred during Super Storm Sandy.
The sign near River Road is proposed at 17-feet high with a 9-foot, 4-inch site clearance below. There will be lit signage on the side of the building, as well.
The store will remain lit inside during the evening so security cameras can detect movement, Olivo said. Outdoor lighting can be muted during non-business hours, from midnight to 5 a.m., but will not be completely shut down for security reasons.
The crowd of approximately 50 people gasped as it learned 69 trees will be removed from the site. Olivo said those will be replaced with “200 plantings,” including trees, with a built-in irrigation system.
Fair Lawn’s Shade Tree Committee submitted a letter signed by Jane Spindel that called the “choice of plant materials…exceptional.”
About 15 people from the public questioned Olivo regarding engineering of the site after board members had their turn.
Many were concerned about turns onto River Road, a county road.
Olivo said he is currently working with the county to “prove” such a turn is safe. Deliver trucks and tankers to deliver gas are going to be required to enter and exit on River Road, in spite of Bergan Avenue access.
Residents expressed they were not convinced trucks would stick to company policy of ingress and egress on River Road.