More Construction Eyed For Durrell

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The development site is the former Bahr Oil property, marked by a red pushpin.
The development site is the former Bahr Oil property, marked by a red pushpin.
There has been a lot of new construction on Durrell Street in the past two years: 33 attached townhouses on the site of the former Bahr Lumber business and four–soon to be five–single-family homes on a mid-block property. In the very near future, the Planning Board could hear an application for a sub-division that, if approved, could open the way for even more construction.

Samelia Properties is seeking a subdivision of 52-56 Durrell Street into four buildable lots. The site was the location of Bahr’s home heating oil business for many years, and two large tanks were excavated from the property in January. The plans submitted on the work list the address for Samelia as 780 Bloomfield Avenue, which is also the current address for Bahr Oil.

Samelia’s lot is a triangle-shaped property (marked by the red pushpin in the photo above) that is bounded to the west by West Essex Trail used by many Verona runners and joggers. The subdivision requires variances because three of the four proposed lots, while deep, have a width smaller than the required size for a single-family home lot. As zoned, a single family home on the lot should have a minimum width of 70 feet. Three of the proposed Samelia lots would be just 60 feet wide. It is not known what kind of homes would be built on the Samelia lot. The drawing submitted for the subdivision has only rudimentary drawings on it.

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The Planning Board hearing on the subdivision had been tentatively scheduled for this Thursday, March 26. But that is likely to be the final night of hearings on the plan for 176-200 Bloomfield Avenue, the project next to Everett Field that has been before Verona zoning officials for more than 2 1/2 years.

These oil tanks were excavated from the property in January.
These oil tanks were excavated from the property in January.

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citranohttps://myveronanj.com
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Forbes.com. Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]

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