MANALAPAN — Members of the Manalapan Planning Board have unanimously given final master plan approval to an applicant who plans to build a 102-unit affordable housing complex on Route 33 West.
The application by The Place at Manalapan, LLC (Community Investment Strategies Inc.) was reviewed by the board during its Oct. 27 meeting at the municipal building.
Preliminary site master plan approval for The Place at Manalapan was granted by the board in August 2021.
According to a legal notice released by the applicant before the Oct. 27 meeting, The Place at Manalapan will consist of 102 rental units in five buildings.
Under the affordable housing rules, apartments will be rented at below-market rates to individuals and families whose income meets certain requirements.
The project also includes a 1,750-square-foot community building, a shared playground, 206 parking spaces, stormwater management structures, lighting, landscaping, fencing, retaining walls and trash guards.
The buildings will be constructed on a 14-acre site that is within the Manalopan Affordable Housing Multifamily Zone and the Route 33 Overlay Zone.
The property on Route 33 west is between Sawgrass Drive (entrance to the Knob Hill housing development and golf course) and Madison Avenue (next to the Sinclair gas station).
There will be 24 apartments in three buildings; one building will have 18 apartments; and one house will contain 12 apartments. Access to and from the buildings will be provided by a right turn and a right turn at the Route 33 entrance.
The applicant was represented at the meeting by attorney Niall J. O’Brien of Archer and Greiner, Voorhees. O’Brien called on several professionals to provide details of the application to board members and board professionals.
Civil Engineer Brad Thompson reviewed the details of the application and noted that a sidewalk would be provided along Route 33. He said the community building would be accessible to all residents of the development.
Thompson said the development will be available for all types of ambulances and garbage trucks.
Witnesses indicated that a private company would provide collection of garbage and recyclables.
Thompson said the project cannot be built until permits from outside agencies are approved.
The applicant is awaiting final approval from the New Jersey Department of Transportation, the Freehold Soil Conservation District, the Western Monmouth Utilities Authority and the public water utility.
Finally, Thompson said the buildings will be 46 feet tall (50 feet is allowed in the zone), and he said they won’t have elevators.
The testimony of the applicant’s representatives shows that during rush hour on a weekday morning, 16 vehicles entered the development area and 42 vehicles left the area. During the weekday afternoon rush hour, 41 cars entered the area and 28 left it.
Architect Bob Kogan presented architectural drawings of the proposed buildings and clubhouse. He said that different materials and several types of siding, as well as different roof heights, will prevent buildings from having just one look.
Each apartment will have a washer and dryer, its own heating, ventilation and air conditioning. One apartment will be reserved for the facility manager, leaving 101 apartments available for rent.
The community building will only be accessible to residents living in the development. The building will contain a management office, community room, restrooms and a catering kitchen (no kitchen facilities), Kogan said.
None of the board members or board experts raised any serious questions or concerns about the evidence given by the applicant’s representatives.
A motion was made to give final approval to The Place at Manalapan site plan and board members Kathryn Kwak, Todd Brown, John Castronova, Barry Fisher, Steven Castell, Town Committeeman Jack McNabo, Town Committeeman Barry Jacobson and Richard Hogan voted in favor. . »