Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

High-Rise Proposal Worries Neighbors

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

High-Rise Proposal Worries Neighbors

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PALISADES PARK -- A multistory residential building is once again being proposed on wetlands, and neighbors are collecting signatures in opposition to the plan, which is scheduled to be heard tonight before the zoning board.

The developer, Berkeley Palisades Park LLC, which lists an office in Austin, Texas, wants to construct a 17-story residential building consisting of 154 one- and two-bedroom apartments, according to paperwork submitted to the borough's Building Department. The proposal, according to documents, calls for construction of a six- level parking structure containing 165 stalls. Three levels of the parking garage would be underground. The parking garage would be accessible from a driveway along 14th Street, according to the plans. The proposed project will also contain parking along 14th Street.

Brian Chewcaskie, the attorney representing the developer before the zoning board, could not immediately be reached. According to documents submitted to the borough, Berkeley Palisades Park is owned by Limestone Hills Corp., which is owned by FNRHolding Ltd. Fahad N. Al-Rashid is listed as the sole shareholder of FNRHolding, according to a certificate of ownership submitted to the borough's construction office.

The developer is seeking permission to construct a building that is higher than the maximum allowed in the zone, currently eight stories above the lobby, utilities and parking. The developer is proposing 14 stories above the lobby and parking.

The height of the proposed building is among the concerns expressed by some opponents. An executive at Kibel Companies, a Manhattan-based design and property management company that owns the Carriage House, said the proposal was much too big and too close to its building, over the border in Fort Lee. The new high-rise would likely block some of the Carriage House tenants' unobstructed views.

"With a building that big, you lose a lot of the light and air that our tenants enjoy," said Peter Levenson, an architect and principal at Kibel.

Levenson said wetlands called Long Swamp confine the proposed building to a small footprint, making it difficult to build anywhere else on the property. …

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