PLAINFIELD, NJ - With only two applications and both requiring more time to prepare, Plainfield’s Zoning Board of Adjustment met for less than 20 minutes Wednesday.
The application of South Second Street Realty, LLC had begun at the February 12 meeting. As previously reported by TAPinto Plainfield, Injectron owner Louis Pollak sought a variance to allow overnight parking for up to 30 tractor-trailers on his property at 1000 South Second Street. Pollak gave a history of the site for plastics manufacturing and other uses. Testimony included the plea of one trucker to permit the use so that he and others could come home to Plainfield and have a place to park other than city streets.
Attorney John Sullivan led February presentations by planner John Chadwick and engineer David Stires.
While 23 empty trucks currently park overnight at the site, a refrigerated truck once had kept running all night, perhaps causing complaints from residential neighbors. In February, trucker Sidney Howard said if not for the Plainfield site, truckers might have to drive hours away to find a place to park overnight. Although Pollak wanted to keep a see-through chain-link fence for security, he was informed that the city no longer permits chain-link fencing.
That rule, plus lack of a design for new gates to replace damaged ones, led to carrying the case to April 1.
As for the second application, attorney Jay Bohn, speaking for applicant Joseph Tanner at 222-228 Monroe Avenue, told the board Wednesday that he is still researching whether a garage at the site had once been permitted. Bohn had submitted city directory listings from the 1950s through 1980s as proof in January, but had become aware of a 1923 ordinance listing the site as in a “light industrial” zone and needed more time for research. The board agreed to carry that application also to April 1.
On Wednesday, board members were still arriving minutes before the gavel came down for adjournment. The only excitement of the evening was the presentation of new name plates for members and staff. Member Jim Spear, who had been renovating a home in Florida, said plaintively, “I flew home for this!”
The April 1 meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in City Hall Library, 515 Watchung Avenue.
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