EGG HARBOR CITY â€“ The Atlantic City Rescue Mission received approval from the city zoning board to lease a building here.
The building on Cincinnati Avenue and would be used to help families that are in need of financial assistance keep their homes.
The Zoning Board came to its decision after a lengthy meeting Tuesday, Sept. 25. Some members said they were concerned that the rescue mission would bring disruption to surrounding neighborhoods.
In 2010, the rescue mission had an office on Boston Avenue. It was vacated following complaints from neighbors and the zoning board in regard to noise and disruption.
After the rescue mission explained its purpose for an office in Egg Harbor City, the board had a change of heart.
The new office would strictly be used for families that are having issues with paying their rents or mortgages.
The mission said it would not operate the same way it operated on Boston Avenue.
The building on Cincinnati Avenue would only be used at certain times during the week. The homeless will not be involved.
Waiver approved for auto body shop
In another matter, Keith Mullineaux, received a waiver of site plan application for Cornell's Auto Body.
Mullineaux would use the lot to store towed vehicles for the Egg Harbor City Police Department. Officials said they were not concerned with the site plan application itself, but they were concerned with the already ragged appearance of the auto body shop.
"It's a very confining area. There are many cars in the lot already. How do you plan to remedy a situation where you can't get in to pick up a car?" asked Chairman Robert Guerrieri.
Mullineaux said that he spoke to the owner of the auto body shop and the two men came up with a plan. The plan is to move a few cars around to make room and get rid of whatever they have so that there are no issues. Mullineaux said that they are willing to do whatever it takes to make the zoning board happy.
Board members agreed that the lot is an eyesore, but they are expecting Mullineaux and the owner to clean up the lot.
Mullineaux said he was pleased with the board's decision and said that if the zoning board has any problems with the appearance of the lot, they can contact him and he'll be glad to address any issue.
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