Apartments Proposed on Park Avenue
The corporate name is 419 Park LLC, but the building is one of Paramount Property Management's acquisitions. The refurbished storefronts are for rent from Paramount Assets. The property is in the Central Business District zone and the applicant is asking for preliminary site plan approval and relief from the requirement of one parking space for each two-bedroom apartment in order to allow "no parking spaces," according to a legal notice.
The Planning Board is scheduled to hear the matter at its 8 p.m. meeting on Nov. 6 in City Hall Library, 515 Watchung Ave.
This writer can't remember what used to be at the location. It is next to the former Eiseman's lighting appliance store, which was also acquired by Paramount. There is an old logo at the top of the facade.
Parking requirements have been reduced over the past few years. The senior center/condo complex on East Front Street was approved with 1.5 parking spaces for each two-bedroom condo, when at the time two spaces were required. The reasoning was that proximity to the main train station brought into play a lesser need for cars. Transit-oriented development around the state has relied on a reduction in parking requirements. The proposed apartments on Park Avenue would be within steps of the train station and is accessible to numerous bus routes. According to the legal notice, only one parking space is required for a two-bedroom apartment in the CBD zone. The Planning Board will have to decide whether eliminating parking requirements altogether is acceptable.