Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Developer to Temporarily Withdraw Strip Mall Suit

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Developer to Temporarily Withdraw Strip Mall Suit

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WESTWOOD -- A developer keen on transforming an abandoned car dealership into a pair of strip malls has agreed to temporarily withdraw a lawsuit appealing the borough zoning board's recent denial of his application.

In May, the board unanimously denied developer Nicholas Aynilian's application seeking a general retail use variance that would have permitted the redevelopment of a deserted Chevrolet dealership on Kinderkamack Road into an 8,051-square-foot shopping center.

The planned strip mall, located along Westwood's border with Emerson, would house five retail stores, including a hair salon and a 7-Eleven.

David Lafferty, the developer's attorney, testified during a meeting last week that his office appealed the board's denial in July.

Around the same time, Lafferty filed a second application for the site. But the board's attorney, David Rutherford, argued last Monday the board could not consider the second application while the appeal was still pending.

Both zoning and planning officials acknowledged the proposed redevelopment would be a vast improvement to the vacant site, but the board denied the request for a "general retail use" variance because of its "open-ended" nature. …

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