APCO hearing delayed

Zoning Board plans special meeting for Feb. 26.

By: Sharlee Joy DiMenichi
   The Zoning Board of Adjustment is planning to hold a special meeting Feb. 26 to hear all remaining expert testimony on an application to build a Mobil station on the northbound side of Route 1 near Raymond Road.
   The application was rescheduled from a Jan. 29 meeting at which experts on water quality, noise, engineering and planning were scheduled to speak.
   "The applicant mentioned that he had one person sick and one person out, so instead of trying to do it piecemeal, we decided we’re going to have a special meeting and try to do it all in one night," said board Chairman Barry Nathanson.
   The proposal, which was submitted by APCO Petroleum, calls for the station to be built on an approximately 3.5-acre lot zoned for office construction. It would include four diesel pumps for fueling trucks and eight gas pumps for cars, according to an application on file with the township Planning Department.
   The plan calls for an approximately 1,500-square-foot diesel fueling area, an approximately 5,000-square-foot section for gas pumping and an approximately 3,800-square-foot convenience store.
   Building the project would require a variance to the rule allowing no more than 10 percent of a business’s parking to be in front of the building; the plan calls for 40 percent of the parking to be in the front, according to the application.
   The plan also shows a 45-foot canopy over the gas tanks, where a 100-foot canopy is typically required, according to the application. The drawings also show an 18-foot canopy over the diesel fuel pumps instead of the required 25-foot cover, according to the application.