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VENTNOR — The Planning Board approved developer JJCC Longport LLC’s application to build four single-family homes on the site of a former bank Wednesday night.

The board’s decision follows a 3.5-hour meeting in which developer Carl Senseman and his team agreed to scale back their construction plans from five homes to four on the site of the former OceanFirst Bank. on Portland and Ventnor Avenues.

The compromise followed after several council members raised concerns about density and parking.

Senseman, saying he wanted to “make this work” before snuggling up with his engineer, architect and lawyer, agreed to scale back his building plans.

The residential project required a use waiver because it was located in a commercial area, as well as seven “C” waivers to allow development of the approximately ⅓ acre property.

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Council also discussed potential parking issues the project might create, but determined that the four single-family homes, each with three parking spaces, would not add to the parking issues of the nearby commercial district.

The council has also raised questions about the possibility of converting the property, which is in the commercial area, to residential use.

Eric Goldstein, Senseman’s attorney, said the property would blend in with the Ocean Villa development across the street, as well as other nearby residential properties.

A few residents attended the meeting, including Efram Robinson, the president of the Ocean Villa Homeowners Association.

Ocean Villa Courts is a neighboring community of approximately 34 owners. Robinson said he was concerned about the density of the project, but once the developer agreed to reduce the number of homes, Robinson expressed no further objections.