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Zoning Board Approves Children's Aquatic Center in Millburn

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Rendering of the interior of the planned children's aquatic center from Rotwein+Blake Architects. Credits: Rotwein+Blake Architects
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MILLBURN, NJ -  Taylor Partners, LLC is relishing a victory lap after a 5-1 vote in its favor by the Millburn Zoning Board at the August 7 meeting.  After months of meeting appearances and changes, the proposed children's aquatic center at 25 Taylor Street got the go ahead with the board approving the necessary variance. Board member Matthew Brent was the lone "no" vote. 

The original proposal submitted in November of 2016 called for a 12,000 square foot, two-story facility. The final approval calls for single story building with a four-foot deep pool.  The elimination of the second-story space slated for hosting children's parties brings the approved building footprint down to 9,555 square feet. 

Parking became a major sticking point throughout the approval process with multiple subject matter experts weighing in on both sides. The facility will not have any on site parking with patrons relying on available street parking or municipal lots. Detractors expressed concerns about increased traffic on Taylor Street. 

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At the June 5 Zoning Board meeting the applicants brought in Harold Maltz, traffic engineer, who testified that his study indicated that based on the parking surveys and analyses, the projected weekday and weekend peak parking needs for the proposed aquatic center could be met by the nearby on and off-street municipal parking. Based on retail requirement calculations using one parking space per 200 feet of gross floor area, the facility would require 46 spaces. The applicant agreed to purchase parking permits for the proposed number of employees. 

Opponents argue that the calculations aren't reflective of the true parking usage needed for the center, but at the end of the day, the vote moved the aquatic center project forward. There is no word on when the project will break ground. 

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