By CAROL GORGA WILLIAMS
The Asbury Park City Council is sending a two-lot section of Asbury Avenue to the Planning Board for its recommendation that aims to spruce up a former auto repair business into an area eligible for rehabilitation.
The plan is to enhance one of the city’s’ key gateways into the city which has been an area in need of rehabilitation for 40 years.
The area is 52,000-square-feet at 1012 Asbury Ave. between Comstock and Langford streets.
It formerly housed an auto repair shop and parking lot.
The Planning Board has 45 days to endorse the city’s proposal or give reasons why the area is not suitable for the designation consistent with the city’s Master Plan.
The area has 500-feet of frontage on Asbury Avenue, a main artery into the city’s downtown and to elevate a sense of place, high quality and promotes economic support. It would enhance the diversity of housing and to allow residents to walk or ride bicycles and to utilize shops and services. The maximum density at the site is 115 housing units with 13 percent reserved for affordable housing, with maximum height of four stories or 55 feet.
In another proposal related to housing, the city has sent a proposal for review to the Planning Board for 1201 Memorial Dr.
Developer Douglas Jemal’s The Braverman is proposing a multi-family project on Memorial Drive between Fourth and Fifth avenues that includes ground-floor retail, privacy fencing and landscape buffers and space for 126 parking spaces units in a four-story building that will feature balconies and affordable housing proposed on each floor.
For the first floor, the proposal provides for 18 studios, eight one-bedroom units, two two bedroom units and 10 affordable units.
On the second floor, there will be 20 studio units, six one-bedroom units and two, two bedroom units and 10 affordable units.
On the third floor, there are 29 studios, six one-bedroom, two two-bedrooms and 10 affordable units.
On the fourth floor, there will be nine studios, six one bedrooms and 1 two bedroom units