A hearing on a proposed self-storage facility will be held at a special meeting later this month after an earlier hearing before the Board of Adjustment (commonly known as the zoning board) was postponed and the application could not be completed at a subsequent meeting.
The self-storage facility is proposed for a former Lukoil (previously Mobil) gas station at the corner of Route 88 and Jordan Road. The large gas station once housed a slew of pumps, a car was facility and even a built-in McDonald’s restaurant. There were several attempts to rebuild a filling station there, however none panned out. The self-storage facility was formally proposed in February and, since then, new details have emerged on what is sought to be built there.
The hearing is now set to be the only matter discussed at the zoning board’s special May 31 meeting, which was paid for by the developer.
Some architectural renderings and details on the project were presented at the May 1 meeting of the board, where the application could not be completed due to the late hour.
The project is expected to take between 10 to 12 months to complete, planning documents said, with the bulk of that time dedicated to clearing the site as it currently exists and physically constructing the new building. The storage building will stand 38.5-feet tall over three floors, and take up an area of 30,030 feet per floor, for a total of 90,090 square feet. The property as a whole has an area of 74,413 square feet. The developer has proposed 21 parking spaces for the facility; there is no specific parking requirement for self-storage building under Brick’s zoning code.
The setback buffer to neighboring residential parcels is proposed for 20 feet, a significant increase from the 0.8-feet provided by the gas station site, though less than the 40-feet that would normally be required.
The property on which the facility is to be built is located in the B-2 business zone, necessitating a use variance from the zoning board since self-storage warehouses are not permitted there. The project also requires numerous “bulk,” or more routine, variances, including its front yard setback (27.9-feet where 50-feet is required), rear yard setback (35-feet where 50 is required), and buffers from residential zones (15 percent proposed where 70 percent is required). The project is proposed as a three-story structure, while just two stories are normally allowed in the zone. The 38.5-foot height proposals also requires a variance, since height in the zone is normally limited to 35-feet.
A traffic study conducted by the developer concluded that the facility will generate 10 to 15 peak-hour trips during the busiest time periods. Historically, self-storage facilities are among the most low-intensity uses for a property in terms of traffic impact.
The 21 proposed spaces are adequate to accommodate passengers vehicles, however the lanes that will be constructed around the entire property will be wider and designed for the passage of larger commercial vehicles.
The meeting is scheduled to take place Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at 7 p.m. at the township municipal complex.