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Wall Warehouse Application Inches Forward

Traffic plans discussed at Monday's meeting; next scheduled for April

Wall Warehouse Application Inches Forward

A proposal to build seven warehouses on farmland on the western edge of Wall was heard by the Planning Board Monday, officials said.

The pitch, which proposes to build an 80,000-square-foot warehouse building and six 15,000-square-foot buildings — a total of 170,000 square feet of buildings — along with associated parking, drainage and utility facilities on a tract at Belmar Boulevard and Birdsall Road, exceeded the board’s time limit and a continuation of the hearing was scheduled for April, Mayor Todd Luttman said.

The board heard from the applicant’s traffic engineer, Luttman said. There was no public comment, no cross-examination, he said.

The application was scheduled to be continued at the board’s April 8 meeting, he said.

All construction for the project would be within the boundaries of Wall, according to the plans, but Howell would provide water and sewer service. A portion of the property is located in Howell.

The buildings would be used for warehouse and office space, divided approximately 75 percent warehouse and 25 percent office. The applicant is seeking a number of setback and other variances from the board in order to build the project.

The proposal asks the board to approve two waivers from constructing an acceleration lane on Belmar Boulevard for sites that generate substantial traffic. Other waivers deal the placement and width of driveways.

Monday’s scheduled hearing was the first on the application since October. It was scheduled for a December meeting but withdrawn from the board’s agenda.

The project also has the attention of Howell elected officials. Howell Mayor William Gotto has said he would like the project to be also reviewed by his town, since Howell would also be affected.

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