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Warehouse Application Inches Forward

Traffic plans discussed at Monday's meeting; next scheduled for April

A proposal to build seven warehouses on farmland on the western edge of town was heard by the Planning Board Monday, officials said.

The pitch, which proposes to build an 80,000-square-foot warehouse building and six 15,000-square-foot buildings — a total of 170,000 square feet of buildings — along with associated parking, drainage and utility facilities on a tract at Belmar Boulevard and Birdsall Road, exceeded the board’s time limit and a continuation of the hearing was scheduled for April, Mayor Todd Luttman said.

The board heard from the applicant’s traffic engineer, Luttman said. There was no public comment, no cross-examination, he said.

The application was scheduled to be continued at the board’s April 8 meeting, he said.

All construction for the project would be within the boundaries of Wall, according to the plans, but Howell would provide water and sewer service. A portion of the property is located in Howell.

The buildings would be used for warehouse and office space, divided approximately 75 percent warehouse and 25 percent office. The applicant is seeking a number of setback and other variances from the board in order to build the project.

The proposal asks the board to approve two waivers from constructing an acceleration lane on Belmar Boulevard for sites that generate substantial traffic. Other waivers deal the placement and width of driveways.

Monday’s scheduled hearing was the first on the application since October. It was scheduled for a December meeting but withdrawn from the board’s agenda.

The project also has the attention of Howell elected officials. Howell Mayor William Gotto has said he would like the project to be also reviewed by his town, since Howell would also be affected.

Jack Horse February 06, 2013 at 01:34 PM
I do a lot of wildlife photography in that area. I have seen Eagles, Redtails, Falcons, coyotes, very large deer, and many other animals. There are horse back riders, hikers, kids playing. I think open space would work a lot better then Building on that land. There is a runway from the airport at the rear of the property . Would that put lives in danger?
Allenwoodie February 06, 2013 at 06:01 PM
As a resident of Wall, I don't want this project constructed in this town. We don't need the additonal truck traffic that will be generated by the development. We already have lots of empty space in town that needs to be filled. When a new building is constructed, it doesn't always mean that a new business will come to town. Many times it means that an existing business will vacate an old building nearby to upgrade to the new building. Then the old building sits empty and becomes an eyesore. That's not good for Wall. These developers leave me wondering when they come forth with a project that doesn't meet the zoning rules. They want a waiver from all kinds of requirements, including the requirements to build an acceleration lane probably because it's too costly. If it's too costly to comply with the zoning rules then don't build the project. No boo hoo here!

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