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7-Eleven, cell tower applications return Wednesday

February 14, 2011

On Wednesday night, the Wall Township Board of Adjustment will hear the return of

Joseph J. Delconzo, Star News Group

two applications — one seeking permission to convert an existing service station to a 7-Eleven on Highway 35, and another seeking permission to construct a 120-foot-tall, monopole cell tower on Belmar Boulevard.

The meeting will begin Wednesday with a workshop meeting a 7 p.m., which the public may attend but not participate in. The regular meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Complex, 2700 Allaire Road. Agendas are available on Wall Township’s website.

Sema Food Mart’s application to renovate the Gulf service station at 1939 Highway 35, at Allaire Road, and turn the space into a 7-Eleven was last heard by the board in December. If the application is approved, gas service from Gulf pumps would remain in operation on the property.

At that meeting, traffic engineer Elizabeth Dolan, of Dolan & Dean Consulting Engineers, testified that if a 7-Eleven were to be constructed on the site, increases in traffic would be “light.” Ms. Dolan cited the “self-policing” nature of such sites, or when patrons naturally regulate the ebb and flow of traffic at the site based on convenience.

T-Mobile’s application seeking permission to construct a new, 120-foot-tall monopole cell tower at 3304 Belmar Boulevard is one of three of the company’s applications currently before the board. The company is also seeking cell towers on Old Mill Road and at another Belmar Boulevard location.

When last heard by the board in December, radio frequency engineer Gary Alcon testified that the cell tower was being sought to fill gaps in coverage in the area.

An objecting party — Jason Subjek, of Butler Way — is being represented by attorney Timothy B. Middleton in the application. Mr. Middleton is expected to commence his cross-examination of Mr. Alcon on Wednesday. He previously estimated he would need about one hour to complete his cross-examination.

The meeting will also be open to other members of the public wishing to comment on the application.

At next week’s meeting, the board is also slated to hear an application put forth by Edward and Rosita Sharkey, seeking permission to keep a cabana that was constructed too close to the applicant’s northern property line by the contractor. The cabana in question is located on Winesap Drive.

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