August 29, 2014 at 4:55 PM
NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The owner of a multi-tenant commercial property was fined $10,000, with $7,500 of that amount suspended for violation of the borough’s construction codes on Wednesday, Aug. 27.
Standing before Municipal Court Judge Donald Bogosian, Global Realty owner Ronen Kashi pleaded guilty to the charge. Two lesser charges were dropped by the judge.
The judge ordered that Global Realty, owner of the property at the intersection of Springfield Avenue and South Street, complete all necessary renovations by Sept. 29. If the work is not competed by that time, the $7,500 suspension will be imposed.
Speaking through his attorney, Kashi expressed concerns about construction delays caused by inclement weather such as hurricanes or “acts of God.”
“I’m very a reasonable man,” Judge Bogosian responded, but the judge emphasized that a few rain showers were not cause for extending the deadline.
In late 2011, Global Realty received Planning Board approval of a site plan application with a directive that the applicant work with borough officials to establish a uniform façade, lighting and signage plan consistent with borough ordinances and design guidelines.
While other work proceeded in a timely manner, it wasn’t until well over two years later that the issue of the unifying façade arose once again in February of this year at a Planning Board meeting.
After several extensions granted by the Planning Board, Global Realty committed to an April 1 construction start date and an 8/1 completion date. When that date came and went, Global Realty was issued a summons by a borough construction official.