[See update below]
By JOHN T. WARD
A developer’s plan raze the steepled River Road structure and replace it with it three homes goes before the borough planning board Wednesday night.
Monmouth County records show the church, sitting on little more than half an acre at the corner of Church Street, has not yet changed hands. A year after its closing, it was listed for sale at $1.5 million.
There was no immediate word on the fate of the memorial garden that held the ashes of 45 deceased parishoners when the church closed.[UPDATE: The contents of the memorial garden were relocated in April, 2014 to a portion of the cemetery at All Saints Episcopal Church in the Navesink section of Middletown, according to a letter to borough officials from the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey.]
A 2009 redbankgreen article reported that the church was founded in 1883, and a house of worship built on the site had to be torn down in the late 1960s because of termite infestation. Its replacement, designed by the then-pastor, featured a dramatic exposed wood interior roof. Church congregants and other members of the community, including the volunteer fire department, erected the church themselves in 1967.