RED BANK: HEAVY PLANNING BOARD AGENDA

train-76209Newly oepned Carlo’s Bake Shop seeks permission to offer table service. Also on the agenda: the Walgreen’s plan for lower Broad Street, below. (Photo above by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb walgreens 2 091613Red Bank’s planning board has a lot on its plate Monday night.

The agenda calls for the board to hear testimony on three high-profile plans:

• The controversial Walgreen’s application for a 14,200-square-foot store at the former Rassas Buick car lot on Broad Street.

• A plan to install a 7,100-square-foot new family-style Italian restaurant called Patrizia‘s at 28 Broad Street, last occupied by Primas Home Café, furnishings.

• And a request by Carlo’s Bake Shop – of Cake Boss fame – for a parking and a sign variance.

Wait, isn’t Carlo’s already opened? Indeed it is, and it’s been packing in crowds for a week now.

Borough planning Director Donna Smith-Barr tells redbankgreen that Carlo’s opened as a retail bakery, but wants to have table seating. That requires a change of use approval to primary food service, and triggers parking requirements, she said.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at borough hall, at 90 Monmouth Street. The order in which the applications will be heard is at the discretion of the board chairman, John Cash.

Here’s the agenda” RBZB 120213