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Montville Business Lot Merger Up for Zoning Approval

This Main Road business plans to renovate to allow for commercial tenants and a residence.

The Montville Township Zoning Board reorganizes on Thursday at its 8 p.m. meeting. Also on the zoning board agenda is a resolution for the pre/final site plan for 12 Main Road LLC.  

The resolution is on for adoption and the applicant is not required to be present.

The proposal for 12 Main Road LLC, which is 12 and 14 Main Road owned by Richard Jenkins, went before the Montville Township Zoning Board in December for approval for several variances. Jenkins is looking to renovate this location to allow for commercial tenants and a residence. The application was approved unanimously with the condition that the proposed hanging sign be eliminated. 

The property is in a local business zone and in the proposal, there are three levels: ground floor (basement), main (first) floor, second floor.

They are “proposing to continue the existing uses in the building,” said Mia Alpos Petrew, AICP, professional planner of the firm Kenneth Ochab Associates, LLC, Fair Lawn. There will minor renovations to the ground and main floor, with one tenant on the ground floor and two on the main floor. 

The ground floor and first floor consist of commercial spaces, both office and retail. The second floor will be a 1-bedroom apartment. Possible tenants for the ground and main floor include retail, personal services and offices. 

The topic of the proposed hanging sign was controversial with members siting the redundancy of the hanging sign and the monument sign as well as the fact that hanging signs are prohibited in the property’s zoning.

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