This proposed 16,350 square foot house of worship would require
65% more land than owned to meet the legal requirements.
The structure would be too big, too high, too wide, too close to neighbors,
and without a major variance, would not be legal.

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By Christine Castaldo
2/24/2010
The Alternative Press

MILLBURN, NJ - The Millburn Zoning Board met on Monday, February 22 to discuss an addition onto a local home within the area. The home, which was established in 1937, has not had any previous work done on it and is in need of some modern renovations.

The current owner, Mr. Fielder, has worked together with an architect, Mr. Wild, to try to establish an acceptable way to enlarge and modernize the house into a comfortable family home. Fielder had hopes of adding an addition downstairs in order to expand the currently small kitchen and also of adding on a family room.

Upstairs he hoped to add an addition. Currently the home consists of four bedrooms: a decently sized master bedroom, a decently sized bedroom, and two very small bedrooms. Fielder would like to add an addition that would give those in the house a chance for a master suite which would consist of a walk in closet, small sitting room and bathroom.

Lastly, Mr. Fielder sought to make the attic into a dormer. 

Another addition would be solely in the back of the house, a decent distance away from neighbors. However, the home is already considered a large lot and, after renovations, will be approximately 5.6% over the limit. This fact, combined with the large 2nd floor and attic addition,s made the Zoning Board members uneasy. Board member Thomas Singer said, "It pushes the limits, but does not seem out of scale with the other surrounding houses. However, the second floor and roof make it quite massive."   The other Board members agreed.

For the addition to receive an approval, the application must garner five votes from the seven Board members.  Since this did not appear likely, Board member Joseph Steinberg gave Mr. Fielder the chance to come back with revised plans and  re-present the application for the Board’s consideration.  The new date is scheduled for March 15th for final approval.

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