Friday, July 13, 2012
It's Davy Jones for Jack Jones Buick
Owner Ed Novak is hopeful that the new facility, estimated to cost around $5 million, will be completed by next June.
The only concern with the plan, expressed by City Engineer Matt Dorner, is that the landscaping proposed for the medical office building will encroach slightly into the sidewalk right-of way.
"Couldn't the building be a little smaller?" asked Dorner.
Novak's engineer, Bryan Ritter of Jena Engineering, answered that such an adjustment would eliminate at least eight parking places. Darlene Heller, the City's planning Director, added that her department asked Jones to move the building as close to the street as possible, calling it the "urban style of development you've historically seen at that site." She noted that Jones was in a "Catch 22" situation, getting criticized by one department for doing exactly what another department had recommended.
Heller called the proposed medical facility, located near the Route 378 entrance to the
City, a "gateway building." That refrain was echoed throughout the hearing.
Although Planners Jim Fiorentino, Rob Melosky and Olga Negron gave Novak's plans a green light, he still needs approval from the Zoning Hearing Board at their August 7 meeting. Zoners are waiting for City Council to approve a new zoning ordinance.