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Zoning Board Grants Approval For Sanzari Expansion

Sanzari's New Bridge Inn granted approval to expand restaurant and knock down residential houses to make room for a new parking lot.

Despite Teaneck's opposition, the Zoning Board granted approval for Sanzari's New Bridge Inn Tuesday to construct a parking lot where two residential dwellings are currently located and expand the restaurant by 935 square feet.

Teaneck is opposed to the plan to create more parking at Sanzari's, arguing that the expansion would increase flooding and traffic in the township. The restaurant is located near Riverview Avenue in Teaneck, an area residents say often floods in heavy rains. 

William Broughton, Township Manager for Teaneck, appeared before the Zoning Board Sept. 11 citing flooding and increased traffic as his main concerns. He told the board  that because most of the residential houses in the vicinity of the restaurant are located in Teaneck, this is primarily a Teaneck problem. 

However, the board voted in favor of granting Sanzari's the variances they were seeking while stipulating that they must provide valet parking on Friday and Saturday evenings, and during all private functions.

Other conditions include that no portion of the parking lot be paved, no customer access to the second level deck and no food service to the corner patio.

Board member Joe Loonam raised concerns that the restaurant would not comply to these conditions because they did not comply to a past condition set by the board--to have valet parking to reduce the amount of traffic parking on the residential street.

Acknowledging the fact that Sanzari's did not fully comply with the valet parking condition, nor did they completely abandon it since they used valet on busy nights, Carmine Alampi, attorney for the applicant, said that his client can only promise to comply going forward.

Michelle October 11, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Don't lose heart Ulises, the ZB will do what's right for the community. I have absolute faith in them. I really don't know anyone who has sat through these abominable meetings and hasn't come to the same conclusion. The other two applications were completely different than this monster. We had a small glimpse of Sanzari's and it seemed very reasonable. They are an excellent ZB in my opinion, and we are fortunate to have them. Loonam, Rebsch, Sproviero, Binetti, Stokes, they have all made sure that the residents weren’t shortchanged, asking great questions and not letting Del Vecchio railroad us. The SOD signs missing is not a big deal. It tells every person who has one thieved from their property what we're dealing with, and it’s only a confirmation that we’re on the right path.
Denise October 12, 2012 at 05:09 PM
I know someone who is selling the SOD signs and they cost $5.00 each. Not a big deal? $5 is $5....
Michelle October 14, 2012 at 03:06 AM
You're absolutely right Denise...that was not what I was meaning. I meant it wasn't a big deal regarding SOD's mission, and not to let it derail your spirit. I didn't mean for it to come across as not a big deal financially. Information is everywhere. In what people do, what they don't do. What they say and don't say. Even in stealing a sign, information is there, and it's not necessarily a negative. I've been wanting to tell you that I was sorry to hear it when I saw your post that you had to leave NM. I wish you well and sent up prayer up for better times ahead.
Denise October 15, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Michelle-Tahnk you for your sentiments. I need all the prayers I can get right now, but I still remember the people who don't have a roof over their head, though I do, & say prayers for them. Things are coming together veerrryyy slowly. Thanks again!

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