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