Plan to turn Annabelle St. house into apart­ments moves for­ward

Newark Post - - Local News - By KARIE SIM­MONS ksim­mons@ches­pub.com

A home­owner’s plan to con­vert his house on Annabelle Street into four apart­ments now has the bless­ing of the plan­ning com­mis­sion.

On Tues­day night, the board voted unan­i­mously to rec­om­mend city coun­cil ap­prove the com­pre­hen­sive plan amend­ment, spe­cial-use per­mit and sub­di­vi­sion plan for four one, two and three-bed­room apart­ments at 6 Annabelle Street.

The house is cur­rently zoned RM, which al­lows for the con­ver­sion with a spe­cial-use per­mit granted by coun­cil. The owner also needs a com­pre­hen­sive plan amend­ment to go from sin­gle-fam­ily res­i­den­tial (medium den­sity) to multi-fam­ily (medium to high den­sity) in order to ac­count for the ad­di­tional ten­ants.

In Septem­ber, the Board of Ad­just­ment ap­proved vari­ances for the min­i­mum lot area and gross floor area per apart­ment. Newark code re­quires there to be at least 16,000 square feet for four apart­ments, but the Annabelle house only has 13,068 square feet. Gross floor area also has to be at least 1,000 square feet per apart­ment, how­ever, two of the pro­posed units have 855 square feet and 778 square feet.

On Tues­day, the plan­ning com­mis­sion voted in fa­vor of the project and rec­om­mended coun­cil deed re­strict the en­tire house to no more than 14 un­re­lated ten­ants. Coun­cil will re­view the plan at a later date.

NEWARK POST PHOTO BY KARIE SIM­MONS

The owner of a sin­gle-fam­ily home at 6 Annabelle Street wants to turn the house into four apart­ments.

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