Moon Builder LLC will seek Planning Board approvals on Sept. 15 to add two stories to the existing 3-story Cooper's Office Furniture building for four retail units on the ground floor and 15 apartments on the four upper floors. The notice says 46 parking spaces are required by city ordinance, but the applicant proposes 15 spaces. The need can be satisfied by purchase of long-term parking spaces or by contributing for a public parking deck and no onsite parking is proposed, the notice states.
The building is in the Transit Oriented Development-Downtown zone, which allows for higher density than in other zones.
The Planning Board meeting is 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15 in City Hall Library, 515 Watchung Ave. The application and supporting documents are on file in the Planning Division on the second floor of City Hall and may be inspected between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.
On the map of Block 247, Lot 2.01 is at upper left.
The block, which includes Municipal Parking Lot 9 and another city-owned parcel at the corner of West Second Street and Madison Avenue, is under study for redevelopment.
Meanwhile, developer Steve Cheung has purchased a former church building on the West Second Street side of the block. Cheung recently held a grand opening for 80 age-restricted apartments on Westervelt Avenue and is proposing a 20-unit apartment development on Garfield Avenue in the East Second Street Neighborhood Commercial District.