Applicant will seek approval for Taco Bell on Route 9 in Manalapan

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MANALAPAN – The Manalapan Zoning Board of Adjustment is expected to hear a pair of applications at its meeting on July 16 that propose commercial development in the community.

The meeting will be held remotely beginning at 7:30 p.m. Information about how to join the meeting will be posted on the township’s website.

Attorney Peter G. Licata, of the firm Sonnenblick, Parker and Selvers, Freehold Township, represents both applicants. Licata has published legal notices describing the applications.

Yum & Chill TB Holdings, LLC, will seek preliminary and final major site plan approval with “c” bulk variances and “d” use variance relief to permit the demolition of an existing Shell gas and service station and the construction of a 2,578-square-foot Taco Bell fast food restaurant at the corner of Route 9 South and Taylors Mills Road.

The Taco Bell is proposed to have dine-in and drive-up service. The 0.8-acre property is  owned by PMG New Jersey, LLC, and is in the Office Park 3 zone. The construction of a fast food restaurant and drive-up is not permitted in the OP-3 zone, according to the legal notice.

The applicant will seek variances, waivers and other relief to permit an existing lot area of approximately 0.8 acres where a minimum of 3 acres is required; existing lot frontage along Route 9 of approximately 227 feet where a minimum of 300 feet is required; existing lot frontage along Taylors Mills Road of approximately 151 feet where a minimum of 300 feet is required; lot coverage of approximately 69% where a maximum of 65% is permitted; front yard parking setback of approximately 10 feet where a minimum of 75 feet is required; side yard parking setback of approximately 10 feet where a minimum of 50 feet is required; and rear yard parking setback of approximately 12 feet where a minimum of 50 feet is required, according to the legal notice.

In the second application represented by Licata, owner/applicant G&N Realty Holding, LLC, will seek preliminary and final major site plan approval and “d” variance/use variance relief to permit an existing one-story building containing approximately 2,892 square feet, that was formerly a spa, to be used as an office at 171 Route 33, Manalapan.

The 4.7-acre property is in an SED-20 (Special Economic Development) zone district.

The applicant will also seek approval to use existing unimproved storage areas on the property as storage areas for equipment and materials by the applicant’s general contracting business; to permit the continued use and occupancy by its residents of an existing one-story home; and several other uses at the site, according to the legal notice.

The applicant will seek variances and other relief to permit the continuation of the following existing conditions: lot area of approximately 4.7 acres where a minimum of 20 acres is required; lot frontage of approximately 678 feet where a minimum of 800 feet is required; lot depth of approximately 641 feet where a minimum of 800 feet is required; principal building front yard setback of approximately 50 feet where a minimum of 200 feet is required; and improvable area of approximately one-third of an acre where a minimum of 10 acres is required, according to the legal notice.