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BAYONNE, N.J. -- The Bayonne Zoning Board of Adjustment has approved plans across the board for a Quick Chek convenience store on the current site of a residential trailer park, reported The Jersey Journal.
The board approved a variance that will allow the store to be built at the site, which is one of the entryways into the city. The approval was in accordance with the city's Master Plan, approved in 2000, which focuses on the improvement of the city's gateways, according to the Journal.
"It's the entrance to the city of Bayonne, and we have to make it as attractive as possible," Irene Pike, a board commissioner told the newspaper. The site is located near an interchange to Exit 14A of the New Jersey Turnpike.
City planner Paul Grygiel told the board that the trailer park was "not desirable in terms of projecting an image of an upgraded Bayonne." He added "It is a gateway that is in need of cleaning up and the applicant is offering to do so."
Opponents of the convenience store included trailer park residents that will be evicted from their homes if Quick Chek moves in. Charles Glunk, a decade-long retired resident of the trailer park told the paper "I can't afford to move anywhere else around here."
Other opponents voiced concerns about the aesthetics of the store. "The proposed use is not compatible with the residential character of 52nd Street," said city planner James Miller.