stavola-propThe former Tubby’s Shell filling station, at the corner of Maple Avenue and Monmouth Street, was razed late last week. Borough hall is visible at right.

Feeling pinched for parking spaces at borough hall, Red Bank officials have an eye on a high-profile lot across Maple Avenue for a temporary solution.

The lot, former home to a filling station, won planning board approval in 2006 for development of a four-story, mixed-use retail and residential project with underground and surface-level parking.

That project remains unbuilt, and no construction permits have been sought, according to planning and zoning director Donna Smith-Barr.

Late last week, the owner, Stavola Leasing, of Tinton Falls, razed the main structure on the property in order to take the improvements off the tax rolls, according to borough Administrator Stanley Sickels.

Sickels said Stavola plans to clear the site and will allow the borough to use it on July 3 to park police vehicles from neighboring towns as cops arrive to provide security for the KaBoom fireworks show.

“We asked them to pave it, and they agreed,” he said.

Longer-term, the borough hopes to work out an arrangement with Stavola to allow for parking of government vehicles until the owner is ready to build there, Sickels tells redbankgreen.

An official at Stavola declined comment.