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Brick Shopping Center Asks to Add Outdoor Dining, Reduce Parking Spaces

JSM at Route 70 shopping center. (Credit: Google Maps)

JSM at Route 70 shopping center. (Credit: Google Maps)

The Brick Township planning board is set to consider an application by the owner of a major shopping center to sacrifice a small number of parking spaces to create an outdoor dining area.

The application by JSM at Route 70, LLC, better known as the property that is anchored by Staples and Petco, is seeking to shed seven parking spaces at its northernmost building to create an outdoor dining area. The outdoor dining area would be reserved for the Urban Coal House restaurant on the premises at 515 Route 70.

The planning board is required to review the plan since the massive, 35-acre shopping center is already under board jurisdiction due to the approval of its original site plan and variances. The new application does not create any additional variances, according to a planning board notice, but more than a dozen variances from the initial approval must be reaffirmed as part of the legal process.

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The proposal from JSM, owned by developer Jack Morris, would also include sidewalk and landscape adjustments.

A hearing on the application is scheduled for the board’s Wednesday, April 12 meeting, which will be held at 7 p.m. at the township municipal complex.

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