A plan for 88 rental apartments centered around the Mangos Grill property has been revised to move the project off the corner of East Milton Avenue and farther south on Fulton Street.
The five-story proposal would include about 3,600 square feet of ground-floor retail space. The number of units and stories in the revised plan remains the same as in the original. About half of the 88 units would be one-bedrooms and the other half would be a split of two-bedrooms and studios. The number of parking spaces, however, increased to 64, from 45. Redevelopment Agency commissioners had concerns about the lack of parking in the original proposal, presented in August. A redevelopment agreement could be approved as early as the agency’s February meeting.
The Central Business District Redevelopment Plan requires a minimum 1.25 spaces per unit; 64 spaces would still fall 46 spaces short of a required 110 spaces, so a visit to the Zoning Board would be likely.
Developers presented the revised plan in September. The Redevelopment Agency in November approved a resolution (45-13) naming 1321 Fulton St., LLC, an affiliate of Waldwick-based DMR Construction Services, as redeveloper of the properties: Block 312, Lots 4.04 (Mangos site), as well as a portion of Lot 5, and neighboring Lot 23, home to IPT Worldwide.
Originally, the plan envisioned using the Mangos lot, along with the corner property on East Milton Avenue (Lot 1.01) to the north and a portion of Lot 5 on the south side. Now, the proposal includes all of Lot 5 and the adjacent Lot 23 to the south.
Joel Schwartz of Landmark Companies, an architect involved in the planning, said the project might go before the Planning or Zoning boards this year, with demolition by the end of the year. He’s hopeful the project will create a ripple effect of other improvements; for instance, the union building on Pierce Street will upgrade its landscaping and driveway.