FAIR LAWN, NJ - The Zoning Board of Adjustment is expected to announce a special meeting for the ongoing, contentious QuickChek application. While some anticipated testimony on the application this evening, administration officials put the kibosh on those expectations.
Zoning board officials said no QuickChek testimony is expected this evening and a special meeting date will be announced tonight, May 21.
The QuickChek application, on the corner of River Road and Bergen Avenue, is for a proposed 5,757-sq.-foot store front with five gas pumps. The 1.66-acre lot, at 16-00 River Road, is currently a closed TD Bank and 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 no longer included in a separate version of the application.
A gas station is not a permitted use in the zone when it included the two additional properties. The public felt strong-armed when those properties were eliminated, thus the "take-it-or-else" attitude that upset residents surrounding the property.
While gas sales have been the sticking point, last month's meeting was met with some public outrage. Members of the public opposed to the application were angered at what they called "arrogance" of the applicant, which said, basically, take the application in its best form, with gas pumps, or, well, or else.
Nothing has been approved, so while both sides have a stance, there will be more testimony to come, that's almost certain.