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Plans for Sylvester's Would Need Zoning Board Approval

An application to subdivide the old restaurant property was withdrawn from the Planning Board as Zoning Board approval would be needed instead.

It may be awhile longer before the community learns what may become of the old Sylvester’s Restaurant property on Terrace Avenue.

An application to subdivide the property was by the Planning Board Thursday night however the application was withdrawn earlier this week, said Chairman Henry Dobelaar.

The board’s attorney Andrew Rotolo explained it was determined that the application needs to be reviewed by the Zoning Board, not the Planning Board. He explained that because  the property falls into two zones, one of which is single-family, it must be reveiwed by the Zoning Board.

Rotolo said the applicant would need to resubmit to the Zoning Board.

Rotolo told a number of residents who attended the Thursday night meeting to hear the plans that those that live within 200 feet of the property will be notified once again if an application is to be heard by the Zoning Board.

The Sylvester’s property has been vacant for a number of years. The former restaurant building, which now shows visible wear and tear, still stands at the site.

The site had been by the Planning Board last spring during its master plan re-examination.

Allie July 06, 2012 at 02:44 PM
I thought that at one time they were trying to claim this building as an historical site and could not be torn down does anyone know what happened with that?
Alana Quartuccio July 06, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Hi Allie. To my knowledge there has not been any recent discussion regarding putting the building on the historical list but you are not the first I've heard from who has mentioned this. A recent look at the New Jersey Register of Historical Places shows that only one location in Heights is on the list - it's actually something I'm looking into for a future story.
Victoria July 07, 2012 at 11:41 AM
What's the historical place on the list?
Alana Quartuccio July 07, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Franklin School - but there were no details on the register as to whether it was the old building or the part that is now the recreation building on Hamilton.
Allie July 08, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Franklin school was a beautiful building, it had a terrific auditorium on the top floor with a gorgeous stage it is a shame it was torn down. I'd hate to see the Sylvester's property see the same fate. I know that when they were first bringing up this idea that it was stated that it was an historical sight, unfortunately that would not give the town the kind of tax money it wants.
Liz Fass January 25, 2013 at 06:16 AM
It would be nice if someone bought it and restored it to it's former glory. Too bad there isn't enough revenue in that for a prospective purchaser. The asking price is too high. It looks like such an eyesore right now and it was so beautiful. My husband's Grandparents had their wedding reception there a long time ago. Then their 50th wedding anniversary party. That was the place Pat and I went on our first date too. I'm confused about Franklin school being designated historic. They tore it down. They built a building that looks exactly the same from the outside

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