PLAINFIELD, NJ — Pontoon Properties, Inc. is seeking preliminary and final site plan approval from Plainfield's Zoning Board for the development of a second principal building on its property at 300-02 Park Avenue, according to a published legal notice.  Currently, it is developed with a three and one-half story mixed-used building that includes first floor commercial space and ten residential units, and is located within the TODD/Central Business District.

The proposal is for a five-story, twelve unit multi-family residential apartment building located to the rear of the existing mixed-use building.  It would include eight 2-bedroom units, and four one-bedroom units located on the second through fifth floor levels.  The first level would provide for parking for eight vehicles, as well as mechanical, maintenance and storage rooms to support the residential building.

According to the notice, the proposed 5-story building is residential only, with no retail, office, service or other commercial use proposed on the first floor.

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The public hearing will be held by the Zoning Board on February 12, at 7 p.m. in City Hall Library, located at 515 Watchung Avenue.

Read the full legal notice:

PUBLIC NOTICE CITY OF PLAINFIELD ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that Pontoon Properties, Inc., (the "Applicant") has applied to the Zoning Board of Adjustment of the City of Plainfield (the "Board") for Site Plan and Variance approvals with respect to the property located at 300-02 Park Avenue (a/k/a 300A Park Avenue), Plainfield, New Jersey (the "Property"). The Property is identified as Block 101, Lot 1 on the official tax map of the City of Plainfield, County of Union, State of New Jersey, and is located in the City's Transit Oriented Development Downtown (TODD)/Central Business District (CBD) Zone District. The Property is currently developed with a three and one half (3 1/2 ) story mixed-use building, containing a mix of first floor commercial space, and ten (10) residential units. The Applicant is now seeking preliminary and final site plan approval for the development of a second principal building on the subject Property. The proposed building is a five (5)-story, twelve (12) unit multi-family residential apartment building, which is located to the rear of the existing mixed-use building on the rear portion of the Property. The proposed new building will consist of eight (8) two-bedroom units and four (4) one-bedroom units, which are located on the second through fifth floor levels. The first level of the proposed new building provides for parking for eight (8) vehicles, as well as mechanical, maintenance and storage rooms to support the residential building. The proposal also includes a rooftop open space area, with patio type amenities for residents. The Applicant is seeking the following variance and/or waiver relief: 1. Use Variance The current zoning permits mixed-use development in the CBD/TODD Zone District. The proposed 5-story building is residential only, with no retail, office, service or other commercial use proposed on the first floor. As such, a variance is requested pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-70(d)(1). 2. Minimum Lot Width 50 feet required; approximately 42.96 feet existing and proposed. 3. Minimum Lot Frontage - 50 feet required; approximately 42.96 feet existing and proposed. 4. Maximum Lot Coverage 90% permitted; 97.45% existing; approximately 96.69% proposed. 5. Minimum Rear Yard setback 10 feet required; 1.6 feet proposed. 6. Building Orientation (Section 17:11-9A) Building shall front towards one another; building side to rear proposed. 7. Separation of Buildings (Section 17:11-9C) 40-foot separation required; approximately 7.9 feet proposed. 8. Aisle Dimensions (Section 17:11-15B) 11 feet required; 8.1 feet existing and proposed at its narrowest point. 9. Shade Tree (Section 17:11-17 and Section 17:9-49(C) Every 40' along its frontage; one (1) shade tree proposed along frontage. 10. Off-Street Parking Requirement (Section 17:9-42.J) 26 spaces required; 8 proposed. 11. Transit Oriented Development Downtown Zone (Section 17:9-52A.A.1) use and design of ground floor shall contain retail and service uses. The first floor of the new building does not include retail or service uses. 12. Driveway Location (Section 17:9-42A)- Non-residential driveway shall not be located within 5 feet of a property line and residential driveway shall not be located closer than 2 feet from a property line. The existing driveway is located on the property line. 13. Minimum setbacks from Driveways and Parking Areas (Section 17:9-42D) - 5 feet required. Condition is not met. 14. Curb Cuts (Section 17:9-42H). Curb cuts for 10-foot driveways shall be a maximum of 14 feet. The existing driveway is 9.4 feet in width, and the existing/proposed curb cut is 10 feet. 15. Parking Space Dimensions (Section 17:9-42Q/RSIS). The minimum dimension for parking spaces is 9' x 18'. The proposed parking space vary in dimension, with some of the spaces reduced down to 8' x 18'. 16. Private Walkway (Section 17:9-50)- Private walkway required from rear building to sidewalk. No specific walkway is proposed. The Applicant is further seeking waivers from site plan design and performance standards: 1. Building Orientation and Location (Section 17:11-9.A). In multiple building development, buildings to be located on the interior of the site shall front towards and relate to one another. The proposed building side for the new building is located to the rear of the existing building due to the narrowness of the site and other factors. 2. Building Orientation and Location (Section 17:11-9.A). The proposal does not meet the building separation requirement of 40 feet; approximately 7.9 feet is proposed. 3. Lighting (Section 17:11-12.A). Lighting has been proposed at the front of the property. However, no lighting is proposed at the rear of the proposed building as no access is provided in that location. Furthermore, lighting is proposed in the garage area that does not meet the technical code requirements. 4. Architectural Design Standards (Section 17:11-20.G.1). All buildings are required to be designed and constructed to have a distinctive base, middle and top. Specific delineations are not part of the new proposed building as per the municipal review. To the extent necessary, a waiver is requested. 5. Streetscape Design Standards (Section 17:11-24). Public Right of Way frontage of all properties within the TODD Zone are to be improved in accordance with the Streetscape Design Manual. The Applicant is not proposing any improvements in the Right of Way. This is an existing condition and no improvements are proposed along the frontage of the site. To the extent deemed necessary, a variance is requested with respect to the height of the existing 3 1/2 story mixed-use building. A minimum of four stories is required, and 3 1/2 stories exists. The Applicant further seeks any and all variances and/or waivers for other pre-existing nonconforming use and site conditions, including without limitation the existence of one residential ground floor unit in the existing mixed-use building. In addition to the above approvals, the Applicant requests that the application be deemed amended to include, and that the Board grant any additional approvals, variances, exceptions, or waivers determined to be necessary or desirable in the review and processing of this application, whether requested by the Applicant, the Board or otherwise. To the extent necessary, the Applicant also seeks variance relief for any and all pre-existing, nonconforming site conditions. A public hearing on this application has been scheduled before the Board on February 12, 2020, at 7:00 p.m., which will be held in the City Hall Library, 515 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield, NJ. At the meeting, any interested party may appear, if they so desire, either in person, or by agent or attorney and ask questions, cross examine witnesses and present testimony and any comments they may have with respect to this application. All documents relating to this application may be inspected by the public Monday through Friday (except holidays) between the hours of 9:00 am until 4:30 pm at the Division of Planning and Community Development, Second Floor, City Hall, 515 Watchung Avenue, Plainfield, New Jersey.

 

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