PHS PLANS STIRS NEIGHBORS’ RESISTANCE

Atrium riverviewThe extra floors would be tacked onto an addition already approved for the lot between the Atrium at Navesink Harbor, center, and Riverview Towers, right. The lot at left foreground would provide parking for the Atrium.

The six-story six-story addition-to-the addition that PHS Senior Living wants to put on the Atrium at Navesink Harbor in Red Bank isn’t sitting well next door.

Some 50 residents of the luxury Riverside Towers met Monday night to discuss the proposal, and the message was clear, according to board treasurer Fred Gregson: Not in our side yard.

Citing concerns about blocked views, shadows, traffic and the possibility of more high-rises being built nearby on the site of Shrewsbury Manor apartments, residents appeared unanimous in opposing the PHS plan, Gregson tells redbankgreen.

“I don’t see the upside for anybody here, frankly,” he says.

The Riverside Avenue cooperative plans to survey the owners of all 150 units about their concerns. Also under consideration is whether to hire an attorney to help the co-op fight PHS’ request for variances, Gregson says.

PHS, a nonprofit owner-operator of senior housing properties across New Jersey, filed plans with the borough last week asking for permission to put six more floors on a six-story addition slated to be built later this year.

The original addition plan was approved in 2004, a year before Princeton-based PHS acquired the property and began a $25 million gut job on the dowdy 12-story highrise built in 1968.

No date has yet been set for zoning board hearings on the request.

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