HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - It was something that was not on the agenda that garnered the most interest at Tuesday’s Borough of Hasbrouck Heights Council meeting.
During the Public Discussion session, representatives from Heights Bar and Grill came forward to discuss a plan to add an outdoor seating area, which would serve alcohol. An attorney representing the restaurant gave an opening statement of what the bar proposed, and what they were asking the Council for.
However, before discussions could continue, Borough Attorney Ralph Chandless quickly limited the discussions, as the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Adjustment is required to approve their variances before the Council could discuss on what was being brought before them.
Ken Wheeler, a member of the Board of Adjustment, then spoke, noting that the Board of Adjustment had sent the applicant to the Council, thinking they needed to rule on the issue of serving alcohol. It was determined the Board of Adjustment had to rule on their issue first, and then the Council could consider the issue.
After discussion, it was determined that the Board of Adjustment would re-open the proposal before them at their meeting on June 20. If passed, it would then need to be memorialized at the July meeting, at which time it could be brought in front of the Mayor and Council.
Gary Focarino, who lives diagonally across from the Heights Bar and Grill on Division Avenue, spoke in opposition of the plan. He cited safety concerns of having the proposed patio area on the Boulevard, as well as an opposition to the noise that the proposed patio would generate in the evenings. He spoke positively about the new owners of the bar having improved the bar over the ten years since taking over, he felt that this would be a negative for the town, and the bar’s neighbors.
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