A developer is proposing six, two bedrooms for this lot at 137 Walnut St.
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By Kelly Nicholaides
for Montclair Local

A property owner wants to replace an automobile detailing business with a multifamily building containing six, two-bedroom units at 137 Walnut St.

Owned by Khadija and Victor Barkley of Silver Spring, Md., the property sits in a two-family zone.

It is currently occupied by a three-family dwelling, which will be retained, and the commercial business located to the rear of the lot in a separate building. The transformation resulting in a total of nine housing units on site will require approval from the Zoning Board of Adjustment. The application will be heard on Feb. 20.

Township records indicate that legal use of the .52 acre, 22,830 square foot property includes the three family dwelling, which consists of a two-family with a boarder unit.

A total of 22 parking spaces are proposed. Four units will have two garage spaces on the first floor of the building. Two units will have one garage space on the first floor and one exterior space just outside each garage. The owner proposes an additional eight parking spaces in the lot between the proposed building and the existing dwelling in addition to the two spaces within an existing garage on the property, which will be retained, documents show.

Site improvements will include landscaping and drainage.

Multiple zoning exceptions are needed. They include building height for three stories as opposed to two and a half, building width at 68 percent of the lot as opposed to 65 percent allowed; nine-foot rear yard setback where 59.5 feet is required; maximum building coverage of 26.59 percent where 25 percent is permitted; a new trash enclosure with a four-foot setback where six feet are required; and the construction of a six-foot fence at the rear of the property.

The applicants’ attorney is Alan Trembulak; and architect is John Guadagnoli.