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Developer Seeking Variances to Create Mixed Use Development Near Matawan Walgreens

The Matawan Unified Planning/Zoning Board will hold a public hearing on the application April 1.

The Matawan Borough Unified Planning/Zoning Board will hold a public hearing on a possible mixed use development near the Walgreens at the intersection of Route 34 and Broad Street, according to a public notice.

The application seeks approval from the board to retain the Walgreens building and modify the existing two story building into a fitness center. The applicant also seeks approval to build a new mixed use building consisting of retail space on the first floor with four residential stories above it. 

Variances were previously approved for front yard setback, side yard setback, and signage on the Walgreens property. New variances will be requested for 371 parking stalls where 580 are required and for relief from the requirement of a loading space for the fitness center. 

The public notice states that the applicant intends to request at the hearing bulk variances and waivers of design standards or submission requirements. 

The Planning/Zoning Board approved an ordinance that re-zoned the property in questions as a mixed use development in October 2012.

The April 1 hearing will begin at 7 p.m. at the Matawan Municipal Community Center. There will be time for public comment and questions.

Leigh Mann March 29, 2013 at 07:25 PM
I'm confused, is the Walgreens staying or leaving? thx.
S March 29, 2013 at 11:35 PM
Glad I am not the only one wondering about the Walgreens. I can't imagine where a fitness center would go if the Walgreens leaves, unless this includes the building nearby that used to be the Motor Vehicles office. I say just stop building stuff already, before rt. 34 becomes like rt. 18 in East Brunswick.
Michael C March 30, 2013 at 05:00 AM
I totally agree but its all about money and no body looking to where its going? lots of tax money coming in and disappearing, so much bribeing and stealing in both Matawan and Aberdeen. hell Aberdeen is worse. puppet Mayors and aldermen that can be bought for a grand or two.
Paul M March 30, 2013 at 03:56 PM
This is nothing. Look at what Route 79 in Morganville is becoming.
Barzillai March 30, 2013 at 05:07 PM
Who wants to live above a gym? It would be nice to live along the Hudson Trail there. And it would be great to be so close to Starbucks and Chicken Holiday et al. But there is quite a lot of land, so why cram this in so tightly and ignore reasonable zoning rules? Id be worried about living in a fire trap if all these corners are being cut. Sounds like Walgreens remains in place in this scheme. Im not sure why that isnt clear to you above. All we need now is a commuter shuttle to the train station and key sites like groceries, hospital, sr centers, and downtown.
Barzillai March 30, 2013 at 05:10 PM
Btw, Why do I have to sign in every time I want to comment on a Patch article? I check off Remember Me but it doesnt work. Argh!
Chelsea Naso (Editor) April 03, 2013 at 02:38 PM
Just to let everyone know, no decision was made and the application was held until the May meeting.

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