continued Planning Board member Kathleen Dalton listed a number of issues related to the proposed project. As it is a two-story building, she recommended adding an elevator if the building is going to be designated for seniors. The current plan doesn’t include garages for the apartments, which Dalton said could be a problem during the winter for older residents cleaning off snowy or icy cars. Additionally, the apartments don’t have their own entrances, which she said could be a safety concern.
“We’d be happy to revisit this. We’ll go back and work on the elements you spoke about … before final approval,” Caponera said.
Although LaCivita is not sure which clientele would be better suited for the apartments, he said housing targeted to seniors can be beneficial, as many want to move to a smaller residence.
“I think we need to allow people to downsize and stay in the township they’ve worked in all their lives,” LaCivita said.
LaCivita added that elevators are not a code requirement for active adult housing, but he did recommend the applicant look into separate entrances for each apartment.
“Would I personally want my own? Yes. It’s a personal design, but I think it makes it a better project with it,” he said.