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Glen Rock: Final Vote on Glen Park Village Use Variance Expected 8/10

View of proposed Glen Park Village site along Prospect Street now occupied by two homes. Credits: Michael Olohan
Final Vote on Glen Park Village Use Variance Expected Credits: Michael Olohan

GLEN ROCK - A resolution that provides the final stamp of approval on the Zoning Board of Adjustment’s June passage of a land use variance for a 52-unit, age-restricted apartment complex on Prospect Street is likely to be voted on at the Aug. 10 meeting, according to board chairman Bruce Beal in an Aug. 3 phone interview.  

The property is currently zoned A-2 for single-family housing.

At its June meeting, the Zoning Board voted 6-1 to grant a use variance to Glen Park Village LLC, for construction of two age-restricted apartment buildings on a two-acre plot in a residential zone. Board member William Mitchell voted against it.

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The vote approving a use variance followed almost four years of various proposals by Glen Park Village LLC, of Franklin Lakes, for the site, including age-restricted and not age-restricted proposals.

Glen Park Village LLC representatives had previously stated that they would present a full site plan to the Zoning Board after a use variance was approved.

As approved at the June 8 meeting, the 52-unit apartment complex will include two buildings, 40 two-bedroom and 12 one-bedroom units, and 103 parking spaces. Seven units will be designated for affordable housing, said board secretary Nancy Spiller via phone Aug. 3. The age-restricted apartments are for 55-and-over individuals.

The proposed site lies between East Gramercy Place and Rock Road, listed as 569 and 575 Prospect Street.  

Beal said if received in time, members would review the memorializing resolution prepared by the board attorney and be ready to vote on Aug. 10.

At previous meetings on the variance, nearby residents generally opposed the multi-family development, citing increased traffic, lack of parking, drainage issues, and possible impacts on property values.

Glen Park Village LLC Principal Ric Harrison stated earlier this year that he could file for a “builder’s remedy” lawsuit against Glen Rock if a use variance was denied. The developer sought a use variance after the Planning Board opposed a request to rezone the land for multifamily housing last September.

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