In a significant move poised to reshape the local skyline and cater to the community’s diverse income brackets, the Fort Lee Planning Board has greenlit preliminary plans for two 14-story residential buildings in the heart of Main Street. The decision was unanimous.
The meeting, held on July 10, 2023, saw attendance from members Michael Kaplan, Janet Cooney, Randy Lyn Ketive, Neal J. Forshner, Moe Marshall, Robert Ferris, and Byong J. Suh. Several key representatives, including Armand Pohan, Michael Sargenti, Herbert Greenberg, and P. Yoon, were noted absent.
Leading the agenda was the discussion surrounding Docket #2-23, where MCRT Investments, LLC, representing Fort Lee Upper Main Urban Renewal, LLC, proposed a development at 90-100 Main Street (Block 4355, Lots 14, 15 & 16). This project envisions a 14-story residential building housing 172 units.
A subsequent proposal, labeled Docket #3-23, mirrored the enthusiasm for growth. Presented by the same investment group, but this time on behalf of Fort Lee Lower Main Urban Renewal, LLC, the project is set to rise at 41, 47, 51 & 55 Main Street & 1636 & 1640 Kaufer Lane (Block 4355, Lots 11, 12, 20, 21, 22 & 23). It aspires to a similar 14-story stature but with a larger residency capacity of 253 units.
Board member Michael Kaplan expressed satisfaction with the submitted paperwork, noting it provided a clear vision for the proposed projects. However, ensuring inclusivity in this development wave, Vice Chairwoman Janet Cooney inquired about provisions for low-income housing within these high-rises. Gail Price, Esq., acting on behalf of the applicants, confirmed the inclusion of 46 low-income housing units in the plans, emphasizing the variance-free nature of the application, assuring it would be in full compliance with local regulations.
As discussions on procedural items related to the public hearings for these applications progressed, the session culminated in an adjournment motion at 7:48 p.m.