Asbury Park Planning Board Approves Redevelopment and Infrastructure Projects

The Asbury Park Planning Board recently held a meeting to deliberate on community development projects, including the installation of a transformer on Bangs Avenue and the redevelopment of a former tire and gas station site. The board also reviewed an application for Monroe Avenue, which ultimately received approval. The planning board emphasized the importance of these projects in meeting the city’s housing needs, while ensuring adherence to regulations and community standards.

The meeting began with a focus on the power supply for a building on Bangs Avenue. Concerns were raised by board members about the potential impact on future developments due to the installation and location of a 500 KVA Transformer. Joseph Mele, a professional civil engineer, testified about the need for the transformer to power up the building on Bangs Avenue. The board members, including Chairwoman Barbara Krzak and Vice Chair Rick Lambert, engaged in a debate about the need for screening the transformer and the accuracy of the plans. The board decided to wait for a response from the city council before making a final decision.

Next on the agenda was the application for Monroe Avenue. The board reviewed updated plans for the building, which included adjustments to the building layout, parking spaces, and lighting fixtures. The applicant’s engineer provided detailed testimony about the removal of planter beds, adjustments to parking spaces, and revisions to the lighting plan. Despite concerns about windowless bedrooms and setbacks, the application was approved with certain conditions, including the need for more EV charging stations and adherence to setback regulations.

A transformative project involving the redevelopment of a former tire and gas station site into a mixed-use development was also discussed. The project aims to address the city’s need for affordable housing. The applicant indicated that the project would exceed the required 20% affordable housing units. There was robust discussion around the variances and deviations being sought, including setbacks, lot coverage, open space, and parking requirements. The planning consultant, Michele Alonso, emphasized the project’s alignment with the community’s housing needs, the design features such as the green roof, and the potential benefits for the neighborhood.

The board also reviewed a preliminary major subdivision for the demolition of a historic church to create six new single-family residential lots. The resolution was passed with a focus on compliance with zoning regulations, future development requirements, and jurisdictional approvals. The board members, including Councilmember Yvonne Clayton and Transportation Director James Bonanno, raised questions about the incorporation of public and board comments into the record and clarified the process of memorialization of the resolution.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.

John B. Moor
Planning Board Officials:
Marie Rodrigues (Board Secretary), Michele Alonso (Director of Planning and Redevelopment) Barbara Krzak (Chair), Rick Lambert (Vice Chair), Yvonne Clayton (Councilmember), James Bonanno (Transportation Director), Eric Galipo, Michael Goonan, Jim Henry, Daniel Sciannameo, Jennifer Souder, Alexis Taylor

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