RED BANK: ANDERSON MAKEOVER RETURNS

rb anderson bldg 051214 1The former Anderson storage property on Monmouth Street abuts the North Jersey Coast Line. Below, an architect’s rendering of the remodeled building. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

anderson bldg 073114 4Two years after scuttling plans that would have transformed the long-vacant Anderson Brothers warehouse in Red Bank into luxury condos, developer Metrovation is back, minus the living units.

A plan to instead turn the three-story, red-brick structure into two floors of office space above street-level stores and a restaurant is scheduled to be heard by the borough zoning board Thursday night.

anderson bldg 073114 2A view of the west side of the proposed building, as seen from Shrewsbury Avenue. Below, the parking plan, with a structure at the center built from shipping containers. (Click to enlarge)

metrovation anderson 073114 3If approved and built, the plan would add momentum to the transformation now underway in the vicinity of the North Jersey Coast Line train station.

Little more than a block east of the site, Roger Mumford’s Station Place residential project, with 57 rental units, is nearing completion. And well underway just a block north is Metrovation’s MW West Side Lofts, a multiuse complex of 92 luxury residences, artists’ workspaces, shops, a Triumph Brewing Company restaurant and a parking garage.

The Anderson building plans on file at the borough planning office show 10,000 square feet of retail and a 2,600 SF restaurant on the ground floor, with a total 36,000 SF of office space on the second and third floors.

An earlier plan, approved in 2006, called for adding a fourth floor to the building, and creating 23 condos above two stores. But Metrovation, citing economic conditions, scrapped that plan in August, 2012.

Behind the main structure, Metrovation proposes a small retail building constructed of shipping containers, with a single apartment on the second level.

Having acquired all the adjoining land between the rail line and Shrewsbury Avenue, from Monmouth Street to – but not including –  the lot used by Gus’ Hot Dog truck, Metrovation has more than enough room for parking, its traffic consultant contends.

Still, the plan requires variances for height, setback and parking.

The hearing is scheduled for 6:30 at borough hall. Proposals for modifications to two homes are expected to be heard first.