Taco Bell application in Manalapan carried to Dec. 17


MANALAPAN – Representatives of an applicant that is proposing to construct a Taco Bell restaurant at the corner of Route 9 south and Taylors Mills Road did not appear before the Manalapan Zoning Board of Adjustment as scheduled on Oct. 15.

When the Oct. 15 meeting began, the zoning board’s attorney, Ron Cucchiaro, announced that the application that has been submitted by Yum & Chill TB Holdings, LLC, would not be heard that evening. Cucchiaro said the application has been carried to the board’s Dec. 17 meeting.

There was no further comment regarding the Taco Bell application.

Yum & Chill TB Holdings, LLC, is proposing to demolish a Shell gas and service station at the corner and to construct a Taco Bell. The applicant is represented by attorney Peter G. Licata, of the firm Sonnenblick, Parker and Selvers, Freehold Township.

Initial testimony regarding the Taco Bell was presented during the board’s July 16 meeting. Testimony resumed on Aug. 20 before the application was carried once more.

Yum & Chill TB Holdings is seeking preliminary and final major site plan approval with bulk variances and use variance relief to permit the demolition of the Shell station and the construction of a 2,578-square-foot Taco Bell.

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 a legal notice published by Licata.