Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Questions Raised over Landmark Site Plans

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Questions Raised over Landmark Site Plans

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EAST RUTHERFORD -- Despite almost 41/2 hours of testimony during a zoning board meeting Thursday night, another special meeting must be held to hear additional testimony and comment on the proposed construction of an almost-100,0000-square-foot self-storage facility at the former Landmark banquet hall property along Paterson Plank Road and Route 17.

Three other applications were slated to be heard at the meeting but were moved to April to allow the public to ask questions and comment on the proposed storage facility. Residents in the surrounding area are opposed to its construction; almost two dozen were in attendance.

The board heard continuing testimony from the applicant's civil engineer, Brett Skapinetz, about the site plans he prepared. The applicant, Hampshire Companies LLC, is seeking conditional use and preliminary and final site plan approval for the self-storage facility, Extra Space Storage, which would be home to around 750 storage units.

The original site plan called for subdividing the 3.66-acre site and constructing a 96,569-square-foot self-service storage facility and a one-story, 5,985-square-foot convenience store with a gas/diesel fueling station featuring 16 pumps.

But at the board's November meeting, the developer dropped the convenience store and gas station from the application, opting just for the self-storage facility. In 2015, elected officials passed an ordinance to set design standards for self-storage facilities.

East Rutherford Fire Department President Charles Flenner expressed concerned about the width of the driveway and the angle at which a fire truck would be able to enter and exit the site. Skapinetz noted that the plans call for the interior driveway to be "drastically improved."

Flenner also asked whether a fire hydrant would be placed on the site and whether it would be a public or private hydrant. According to Skapinetz, he did not receive any direction about placing a hydrant on the property.

"The only place to lay a hose is at the one exit," Flenner said, noting the fire department could be "severely hampered" during a fire if there is no hydrant on the site. …

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