Fort Lee Zoning Board Approves Major Residential Building and Addresses Safety Concerns

The Fort Lee Zoning Board convened on July 25, 2023, with notable decisions on property developments, including the approval of a major residential building and changes to an existing art studio to enhance safety.

Chairman Douglas Sugarman, overseeing the meeting attended by members Harry Liapes, Dennis M. Conway, Howard Joh, Sebastian J. Tropea, Luis Pacheco, and Eun Ju Hong, greenlit a series of property development proposals.

High on the agenda was the approval of a 78-unit residential building located at 2354 Hudson Terrace. Moved by Sebastian J. Tropea and seconded by Dennis M. Conway, the Preliminary & Final Major Site Plan for the structure was passed unanimously.

Another significant decision involved a bifurcated application for Y & K Realty, Inc. & ZYST LLC for properties at 2205 & 2195 Route 4 East. The board granted Use Variance approval following a motion by Conway, seconded by Joh.

In addition to these two primary decisions, three separate applications regarding the construction of Two Unit Dwellings at various locations were also approved without dissent. These dwellings are located at 1 Casper Lane, 2049 Ellery Avenue, and 1607 Anderson Avenue.

A proposal from Phil Art Studios SCI Toef, Inc. to amend their existing site plan was also discussed at length. The approved amendment will lead to the addition of a bicycle storage area, installation of a sidewalk, and relocation of trash receptacles. Chairman Sugarman highlighted a concern from a previous application where the trash area posed a fire hazard. This amendment aims to rectify that by moving the trash station to the interior. The proposal also received positive feedback from the Fire Code Official, confirming its adherence to safety guidelines.

The meeting, which began promptly at 7:30 p.m., concluded at 7:47 p.m.

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