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Apartment Complex Proposal on Zoning Board Agenda

Plan called for rental apartments and retail space at a lot on State Street.

A developer’s plan to build a six-story apartment building with retail space at an abandoned gas station lot on State Street is up for discussion at Thursday’s zoning board meeting.

The , included 42 rental apartments on the upper five floors with storefronts on the ground level, according to plans unveiled at a February zoning board meeting.

At the time, residents expressed concerns over the project’s impact on traffic in the area. Monique Kim, speaking on behalf of the Plaza Cleaners next door, said she worried construction would damage her the family store.

“We are very concerned that this would cause erosion and cause serious structural problems for the property,” Kim said at the February meeting.

An attorney for the developer had said his client would be willing to meet with concerned residents.

Thursday’s meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Building 

Art Vatsky December 06, 2012 at 10:41 AM
I think the building looks appropriate. The neighbor's concerns however should be mitigated. This may be what Teaneck needs to spark some increased activity in West Englewood, Cedar Lane, Queen Anne Rd., or Teaneck Rd. We need it!
carol weinstein karlin December 06, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Art, I agree with you about the need for increased activity, commerce and housing. But what plans are being made to address the parking needs in this project. Already, parking is an issue when using any of the businesses in that area.
Noah Cohen December 06, 2012 at 04:04 PM
The initial plans called for underground parking. Here's more details from the old article: http://teaneck.patch.com/articles/residents-question-proposal-for-6-story-apartment-building
JamesTS December 06, 2012 at 04:07 PM
Teaneck needs this!! it should be approved without delay! This kind of building is EXACTLY what can help our dying town business districts!!
J December 06, 2012 at 04:53 PM
If I am not mistaken, that part of town has been the busiest business district in our town. Its almost impossible to park there every day and night except Saturday. Teaneck needs the revenue but not sure this addition will significantly increase the business in that area. Areas like Cedar lane on the other hand, needs a boost. That area was the place in town to be years ago but now the volume of foot traffic there has dramatically decreased. We need Teaneck to figure out a way to bring bigger business to our district.
Jacob December 06, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Teaneck needs to rezone ALL of the town's business districts and let the the market dictate where developments like this will occur. Hopefully, developers will see the potential for successful projects in all parts of Teaneck.
Tee Smyth December 06, 2012 at 06:05 PM
MAKE IT HAPPEN. IMMEDIATELY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cedar Lane already received a boost via the 'streetscape.'
John Santaella December 06, 2012 at 06:25 PM
So, when is the ground breaking already?
CHRIS FOX December 06, 2012 at 07:12 PM
If they finally have some sense this will happen, they have been trying to make this happen for years now, I agree with Jacob 100%, all this talk about parking, parking is an issue every where from New York to California, Teaneck needs new development, maybe the town should spend that 3.1M on building something they can resell or rent out
Cardinal Southwell December 06, 2012 at 07:18 PM
I am not in favor of this monstrous building in this area. The area already has apartments across the street. Besides small businesses like Plaza Cleaners will suffer if this monstrosity is built. Teaneck does not need this apartment building, it needs better use of tax revenues to serve the neglected areas in our community.
JamesTS December 06, 2012 at 07:23 PM
How would a small business SUFFER if more people (meaning customers) are brought in the area?? sorry but your logic makes no sense and is why Teaneck businesses are already dropping like flies. We need buildings like this where people can shop locally and support merchants. Not driving them away so everyone can keep looking at an empty lot. i agree with Chris Fox.. Parking is a problem anywhere. Hey guess what parking is hard in Englewood and Ridgewood too.. you know why?? because people are busy shopping!! that's a GOOD thing.
Diane Schwarz December 06, 2012 at 07:23 PM
It looks pretty tall to me, compared to the other buildings in the area! And it should provide parking for residents!
Richard Karp December 06, 2012 at 07:27 PM
You want to build a building on State St. fine, but not that ugly thing pictured. Get an architect with some vision. The plaza is ugly enough to begin with, don't add to it.
shimon baum December 06, 2012 at 09:10 PM
Why would a business be complaining about the potential for more customers?
Barbara Jacoby December 07, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Traffic and parking are an issue. There is currently very little parking for the residents who already live in the area. The spots are taken by commuters who don't live on those streets and by customers. I've had to pay for a garage so that whenever I need to park, I don't have to drive around and around looking for a convenient spot. I believe in community, but how about taking care of the residents already there? Make the side streets for apt and home residents for those that live there. Make other areas for commuters and customers. Also, need to improve business sales in Teaneck?- renovate and reopen the Cedar Lane Cinema. Many businesses on Cedar Lane get more customers from the theatre goers.
zizi December 07, 2012 at 02:05 PM
This is Teaneck... they know how to kick out business..... how to increase taxes..... They should become business friendly.... let the developers build what is profitable for them and ensure that the building provides enough parking space for residents/visitors of the building. I also don't understand why the building height is an issue.... let them build it... it is almost 2013......
Leen Mosley December 07, 2012 at 02:52 PM
The new formula in Europe for lively and safe neighborhoods is restaurants & shops on the first floor (and sometimes roof/penthouse), businesses on the second floor (and sometimes also third floor), and appartments above. This allows for a 24h safe and pleasant community.
zizi December 07, 2012 at 06:54 PM
@Leen Mosley: This formula has worked in Englewood too which is the town next door.... but that town is a LITTLE different from Teaneck
Tee Smyth March 19, 2013 at 03:50 PM
Do we have any updates on this?

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