Zoning Board Approves New Sign At Dollar Store, New House On Franklin Boulevard

The Family Dollar Store on Hamilton Street will sport a new, larger sign when it reopens.

The Zoning Board on Jan. 9 approved the placement of a new sign on the store that is about 13 square feet larger than the previous sign.

The increase is due to a change in the corporate logo, said Ira Weiner, the store franchisee’s attorney.

Mark Healey, the township’s principal planner, had no problem with the variance.

“I think you’d be hard-pressed for anyone to notice any change in the sign,” he told the board.

The board also approved construction of a 2,300-square-foot, 2-story house at Franklin Boulevard and DeKalb Avenue.

The applicants, Maureen and Edward Matson, needed a variance from the township’s requirement of a 105-foot front yard setback; their property only affords about 87 feet.

Their attorney, Peer Lanfrit of Somerset, told the board the front yard setback could not be met because the property is triangular in shape.

He said the Matsons approached their next-door neighbors with offers to buy their property, or sell the Matson’s some property so they would be in compliance, but nether wanted to do that.

The lot is now vacant, Maureen Matson told the board.

She said the 4-bedroom, 2 1/2-bathroom house will face DeKalb. The house will also have a 1-car garage and and a basement, she said.

The house will be consistent with other homes in the neighborhood, she said.

The Matsons also sought a waiver from the township’s requirement to install a sidewalk because, they said, there are no other sidewalks on the street.


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