BRIDGEWATER – A proposal to demolish an office building and build a warehouse on Route 202-206 will be heard by the township zoning board of adjustment on Feb. 15.
M&M at 206 LLC is applying for a use variance to build the 211,540-square-foot warehouse, about the size of 3½ football fields, at 721 Route 202-206, on the west side of the highway just north of Bridgewater Audi and Allen Road. It was scheduled to be heard by the board on Tuesday evening.
M&M at 206 LLC asked for the delay.
By comparison, the plan for the controversial The Bridge development, a little more than a mile north of the site on the highway, called for 243,834 square feet of retail space, including a ShopRite.
A use variance is required because warehouses are not a permitted use in the zone.
M&M at 206 LLC, which has the same Piscataway address as Edgewood Properties owned by township resident Jack Morris, purchased the 15.86-acre lot in January 2010 from Mack-Cali for $6 million.
The site plans calls for the warehouse to have 35 60-foot loading bays and four 40-foot loading bays.
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The plan also has 124 parking spaces while township ordinance requires 136 spaces.
According to the site plan, access to the site will be only be from southbound Route 202-206 and the exit will be only to southbound Route 202-206. The plan does not call for access from the northbound lane of the highway.
According to the zoning board application, M&M at 206 is asking for the use variance because “the site is particularly suited for a warehouse given its location along a state highway.”
The 192,741-square-foot Route 202-206 building was formerly occupied by Allstate Insurance, which has moved to the Centerpointe corporate center at 1130 Route 22 East. Another former tenant was a law firm, Norris McLaughlin, which has moved to 400 Crossing Boulevard in the township.
Residents will have an opportunity to voice their opinion about the proposal at the February meeting. State zoning board rules require comments to made in person; written comments can not be considered by the board because they can not cross-examined.
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