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Sanzari's New Bridge Inn Seeking Approval to Expand

Sanzari's appears before the Zoning Board seeking variances to demolish two existing houses to construct a parking lot and expand restaurant.

has filed preliminary and final site plan approval to construct a parking lot where two dwellings are currently located and expand the restaurant by approximately 600 square feet. 

Residents in New Milford and Teaneck have attended a borough zoning board meeting to voice concerns over the expansion plan. The restaurant is located near Riverview Avenue in Teaneck, an area residents say often floods in heavy rains. 

"There's overwhelming non-support for this project from the residents,' Teaneck Mayor Mohammed Hameeduddin said at Teaneck's council meeting Tuesday. 

Although the work will be done in New Milford, Teaneck officials will review the plans to explore formally opposing the work. 

Because the existing restaurant and two lots being proposed for parking lot expansion are located in a Residential A zone, Sanzari's is seeking a "D" variance from the Zoning Board of Adjustment. 

However, during the hearing last week, the attorney for Sanzari's New Bridge Inn, Carmine Alampi, requested an adjournment so that he can re-notice the public. Alampi informed the board that the original notice failed to acknowledge that the expansion of the restaurant will increase the seating and, therefore, increase the number of required parking spaces.

The hearing on this application has been adjourned to the June 12 meeting of the Zoning Board. 

james May 17, 2012 at 01:32 AM
For the record Ulises I did not name anyone. I was indicating that that land was desired by some to be brought and made into a Field of Dreams. I also wonder why it is apples and oranges when you are concerned about your home and neighborhood flooding but not when it happens to others.
Ulises May 17, 2012 at 03:39 AM
james, I'm concerned about the negative impact Suez/United Water has had and continues to have on our town. Their developer's proposed plan will increase traffic by our high school and senior citizens center. Overcrowd our schools. Strain our police, fire and rescue departments. Cut down our shade trees, increase our air and noise pollution while piping more trash down the river. The trunck traffic on Main Street for this mega Shoprite will damage our non-county roads/infrastructure (80,000 lb daily truck loads exceeds the bridge on Main Street capacity), etc.... Our property taxes will increase because of this development and these are my concerns, james. I have to be honest with you, I don't know anything about the middle school field, nor any of the flooding that goes on in those neighborhoods. I'd like to know more about those issues and I will, but that's why I truly don't comment about that topic.
Lori Barton May 17, 2012 at 12:08 PM
If the field of dreams was located at the United Water location it would not increase the impervious coverings. Therefore, no additional flooding would occur. I am adamantly opposed to ANY flood plain land being covered by impervious coverings. Additional parking and building coverage at Sanzari's will lessen the ability of the area to absorb rainwater: more flooding in that area and along other coastal areas. The middle school property is already a field.
james May 17, 2012 at 04:19 PM
There would be no parking or equipment buildings for the Field of Dreams? Aren't those impervious coverings? Would the Field of Dreams not flood just like the property does now? I am still not understanding why the Field of Dreams that was proposed on that property is okay with those who want a Field of Dreams despite it being a flood zone. Outiside of the "we want a new place for our kids to play" I don't see a reason for the Field of Dreams.
james May 17, 2012 at 06:21 PM
The more I read the more I agree with not letting the developement go forward Ulises. I do think each of these issues is separate as you said. I hope the middle school community that oppeses the Field of Dream plan can get someone in their community who is as knowledgeable about their situation as you are about the UW developement. I don't agree with the Field of Dreams for a variety of reasons one of which is the additional flooding and quality of small town life for those who live there. That seems to be the objection from many for the UW developement but yet they do not see it with the middle school Field of Dreams deveilopement. A little bit hypocritical in my opinion.

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