Summit Planning Board to Continue Reviewing Gateway I Zone Expansion at Nov. 23 Meeting; Opposition Directs Supporters to Online Petition

The proposed ordinance would extend the boundaries of the Gateway I Zone to include the property at 25 DeForest Avenue.. Credits:
SUMMIT, The City of Summit Common Council has requested that its Planning Board conduct a study of the Gateway I Zone, and consider adopting an ordinance extending the boundaries of the zone to include the property at 25 DeForest Avenue (Block 1906 Lot 1) commonly referred to as the Bouras Properties building site.

Additionally, the study area was slightly enlarged to include two additional properties known as Block 2607 Lots 4 and 5 fronting on Euclid Avenue, Beechwood Road and Parmley Place -- located in the MF zone district.
This was included since the area requested for study would essentially encompass these properties necessitating a comprehensive review of the area to insure changes to the streetscape of Euclid and Beechwood would be considered.

As detailed in TAPinto Summit, action on a concept from developer Mark Yeager, that would result in increasing the zone to the Bouras Building at 25 DeForest Avenue and surrounding developments he is considering, was put off by the Planning Board -- which cited the need for further input from traffic experts and, likely, additional testimony from residents -- until their November 23 meeting.

Meanwhile, opposition to the proposed project has taken the form of an online petition, directed to the Summit Common Council, Summit Planning Board, and Summit Zoning Board, stationed at According to the posted page, petitioners state the following:
- Four (4) story structures can be built on the site (one of the highest points in Summit)

- Maximum building coverage ratio can increase from 30% to 80%

- Maximum floor area ratio can increase from 75% (including parking structures) to 113.5% (excluding parking structures).

The owner of 25 Deforest intends to build a four story parking garage for 590 vehicles, surrounded by 30 townhouses on the Bouras Properties parking lot, if the zoning change is approved. The petition further points to information found on the City of Summit website.
The petition concludes by stating:
"We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens who urge our leaders to DENY the request to modify the zoning of Block 1906, Lot 1, Block 2607, Lots 4 and 5, and Block 1905, Lots 7, 8 and 9 in the City of Summit."
A complete copy of the Gateway I Expansion Report can be viewed at The November 23 Planning Board meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. in City Hall, located at 512 Springfield Avenue.

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