Bright Side Manor's Bergen Avenue Project Continues To Gather Momentum
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
"Teaneck BOA approves plans for senior housing project
"A major obstacle that had blocked development of an assisted living facility for low-income seniors has been cleared.
"At the June 21 meeting, the Board of Adjustment approved plans for building the 64-unit, three-story building at 60 Bergen Ave. after Geriatrics Services Inc., the not-for-profit developer of the project, presented plans to build an access road into the property from Queen Anne Road in Bogota.
"In February 2011, the BOA approved the project to be built on a 1.5 acre vacant lot bordered on the east by Bergen Avenue in Teaneck and the west by Queen Anne Road in Bogota, but had required that developer add a rear access to the building from Bogota. But the requirement seemed impossible to meet because the Bogota side of the property is bordered by a convenience store and a Luke Oil [sic] station, and neither property owner was willing to sell the land.
"Elizabeth Davis, principal of Geriatrics Services, appealed the BOA decision in Superior Court and lost. The project seemed dead until the owner of the Luke Oil station agreed to give Geriatrics Services a perpetual easement, permitting a 25 by 150 foot road from Queen Anne Road into the property.
"The easement will be filed with the county and will remain in force, even if the property is sold. Davis declined to say how much Geriatric Services paid for the easement, but said that the organization would pay part of the taxes."
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