WESTFIELD, NJ — The former site of the youth apparel store Children’s Place, which closed in 2017, is set to become office space after clearing a governmental hurtle.

The Zoning Board of Adjustment last week approved variances for AvalonBay Communities Inc. allowing for the real estate developer to continue with its planned addition of offices to the building at 177 East Broad St., which it will use for its own employees, a town official said.

“They were seeking an amendment to that existing approval reducing the size of the addition,” said Town Planner Donald Sammet on Wednesday. “They also want to use the rooftop of the addition.”

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The Zoning Board approved the variances with the requirement that Sammet reviews the lighting plan and proposed fencing with the town engineer before AvalonBay obtains construction permits, Sammet said.

The board’s approval also grants an exception to the town’s parking regulations allowing for no parking spaces dedicated to the building, where 71 would typically be required.

AvalonBay Communities Inc. is a real estate developer with properties across North Jersey, including in Edgewater, Bloomfield and Bloomingdale, according to the company’s website.

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