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CLOSED: CEDAR CROSSING WORK BEGINS

By DUSTIN RACIOPPIcedar-crossing-site

It took a little longer than expected, but the Cedar Crossing affordable housing project is a done deal. Just needs to be built.

The Red Bank Affordable Housing Corporation closed on the property, right, Wednesday, and by this morning, workers started turning soil on the two-acre tract at Catherine, Cedar and River streets.

“The first feeling that came to mind, the emotion, was relief,” said Rev. Terrence K. Porter, pastor of the Pilgrim Baptist Church and head of the borough’s housing corporation.

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COMING SOON: CEDAR CROSSING

rev-porterRev. Terrence Porter shows off a drawing of the Cedar Crossing affordable housing project, which is likely to get started in the next several weeks. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Barring any bureaucratic glitches, Red Bank’s Cedar Crossing affordable housing project will start shaping into reality next month.

There’s just a little more red tape to get the borough’s most ambitious effort at creating affordable housing in decades through, says Rev. Terrence K. Porter, president of the Red Bank Affordable Housing Corporation, the nonprofit entity overseeing the much-anticipated project.

“Things are moving as well as expected,” said Porter, pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Church. “I really feel great about the progress we’ve made.”

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CEDAR CROSSING PLAN BREEZES TO OK

Cedar crossing plan Planner Paul Szymanski testifies on behalf of the developer about the proposed project at Thursday night’s zoning board meeting.

A 36-unit affordable housing project envisioned alongside a rail yard on Red Bank’s West Side sailed to unanimous approval by the borough zoning board in less than two hours last night.

The board had called a special meeting for the purpose of hearing the proposal because the non-profit developer, Red Bank Bank Affordable Housing Corp., was under the gun to enhance its chances of obtaining construction funding from a program administered by Monmouth County.

Despite deficiencies — such as a 13-space parking shortage and complete absence of recreation space — that have ensnared other applications, board members praised the plan for advancing the goal of home ownership for low-and-moderate income families who are otherwise priced out of town.

“It’s nice that finally somebody’s doing something for the people and not for their pocket,” said board member Chris Ferrigine.

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CEDAR CROSSING DEAL CLOSES

Red Bank is now the owner of a former industrial property on the West Side that officials say is destined to house some 30 low- and moderate-income families—and won’t cost the town a dime.

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The borough closed Monday on its purchase of the so-called Cedar Crossing property. Included in the $2.45 million price was 1.9 acres of land and a dilapidated house along the Conrail tracks at Catherine Street, River Street and Cedar Avenue. The price also included engineering and architectural plans drawn up by the seller, which had proposed building 36 units on the site.

The state Department of Community Affairs has already ponied up $2.4 million, and Mayor Pasquale Menna said the agency will come through with the balance, as well. That $50,000 would pay for title and legal fees.

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RED BANK: CONDO UNIT OWNER SOUGHT

A homeowner at Cedar Crossing owes years worth of unpaid fees, the condo association says. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Housing officials in Red Bank are preparing legal action against a Cedar Crossing homeowner they say has both illegally sublet her condo and skipped years of fee payments.

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RED BANK: MORE SPARKS OVER SENIOR CENTER

The Senior Center offers a rare vantage for Red Bankers to view the Navesink and Swimming rivers, speakers said. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njRed Bank’s elected officials got an earful from the public about the borough’s disabled Senior Center Wednesday night.

But even as the all-Democratic council unanimously approved a new lease on interim space, sparks continued to fly between its members over the center’s near-term future.

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RED BANK: PLANNERS CAP VNA SITE DENSITY

red bank nj vna 176 riverside saxumRed Bank is negotiating a deal under which the developer would satisfy a “significant” portion of the town’s affordable housing obligation, a lawyer told the board. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njThe site of a vacant office building in Red Bank is a key element in meeting the borough’s affordable housing obligations, a lawyer told the planning board Monday night.

But a proposal to allow the development of up to 90 units per acre on the 2.7-acre former Visiting Nurse Association headquarters site met continued resistance, despite support from Mayor Pasquale Menna.

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RED BANK: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for July, 2018. This information is unedited. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

CRIMES

Theft: On 07/07/18 a black male subject seen wearing a gray sweatshirt, dark pants and a black baseball cap was seen stealing a carton of cigarettes valued at $94.00 in the area of N. Bridge Ave. Ptl. Shane Dengel.

Criminal Mischief: It was reported on 07/12/18 that all four tires of a vehicle were slashed in the area of Chestnut St. Ptl. Frank Metta.

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RED BANK: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of March 16 to March 31, 2018. This information is unedited. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

CRIMES

Criminal Mischief: On 03/17/18 it was reported two unknown individuals were seen damaging a window to a store front in the area of E Front St. Ptl. Tanner Shea.

Criminal Mischief: On 03/18/18 in the area of Broad St it was reported a delivery vehicle’s window was shattered while it was parked. Ptl. Frank Metta.

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RED BANK: HOMEBUILDER EYES FACTORIES

A cluster of industrial buildings between Catherine Street, above, and River Street would be razed for new brownstones, according to the prospective builder. Part of the site abuts the Cedar Crossing homes, seen in the distance above. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

A block of factory buildings on Red Bank’s West Side, including some old millworks and a former guitar factory, could give way to new housing in coming months, redbankgreen has learned.

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RED BANK: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of December 21 to December 31, 2016. This information is unedited. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

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Theft: On 12-23-16 in the area of N Bridge Ave it was reported that an unknown black male possibly under the age of 21 wearing a red jacket was seen taking a bottle of Patron Tequila. The value of the Tequila is $120.00. Ptl. Jhonathan Quispe.

Theft: On 12-30-16 in the area of Cedar Crossing a resident reported a white male wearing a gray shirt and black hat had an extension cord plugged into the residence outlet. Ptl. Sean Hauschildt.

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MIDDLETOWN POLICE BLOTTER

Recent crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Middletown Township Police Department.

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Brian Vanlenten, age 35, from West Front Street in Keyport, NJ, arrested on April 11, 2016 by Patrolman Daniel Benbrook on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Middletown and Holmdel Municipal Courts. He was held on $2,018.00 bail.

Daniel Woods, age 27, from Ohio Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on April 11, 2016 by Patrolman Eric Van Schaack for Simple Assault. He was released pending a court date.

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MIDDLETOWN POLICE BLOTTER

Recent crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Middletown Township Police Department.

AUTHORITIES_MTOWN-2016-v2John Wilczewski, age 25, from Thompson Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on February 15, 2016 by Patrolman Ekne Montalvo for Simple Assault and on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Neptune Municipal Court. He was held on $327.00 bail.

Erin Sullivan, age 33, from Comanche Drive in Middletown, NJ, arrested on February 15, 2016 by Patrolman Nick Manochio on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. She was held on $1,000.00 bail.

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RED BANK: CRIME & ARREST REPORTS

AUTHORITIES_RB3The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of June 18 to June 25, 2015. This information is unedited.

CRIMES

Criminal Mischief occurring between 6-18-15 and 6-19-15 at West Bergen Place residence. Victim reported that unknown person(s) threw rocks at parked vehicle and cracked windshield and broke rear driver’s side window. Ptl. Shane Dengel.

Theft occurring between 6-19-15 and 6-20-15 at 50 Locust Ave.—apartment. Victim reported that unknown subject stole his I Phone and cash from apartment. Ptl. Benjamin Springer

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RED BANK: AFFORDABLE & OPEN HOUSING

Cedar CrossingThe Cedar Crossing affordable housing development is the scene of an Open House on Saturday, hosted by the Red Bank Affordable Housing Corporation.

Press release from Red Bank Affordable Housing Corporation

cedar crossing planThe new Cedar Crossing affordable housing development will be ready for its close-up on the afternoon of Saturday, September 27, when Red Bank Affordable Housing Corporation hosts an Open House session between the hours of 12 to 4 pm.

Representatives from the organization presided over by Rev. Terrence K. Porter of Pilgrim Baptist Church will be on hand to show prospective homeowners around a model unit. Cedar Crossing is located just off Cedar Street, one block from the intersection of South Bridge Avenue and Drs. James Parker Boulevard.

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WHERE HAVE I SEEN THIS?

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Tired of shoveling? Well, as of the posting of this week’s Where Have I Seen This – when the temperature outside was 7 degrees Fahrenheit – there were only 149 days until the start of summer. Let that warm thought envelop you as you ponder Where the above photo was taken. If you know, please send an email to wherehaveiseenthis@redbankgreen.com.

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RED BANK: FLAGPOLE, AND U.S. FLAG, STOLEN

call-in-the-authoritiesThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of June 20 to June 27, 2013. This information is unedited.

Burglary/Theft occurring on 6-20-13 at Cedar Crossing residence. Victim reported that unknown subject(s) gained entry into residence by removing screen and opening window. Once inside proceeded to steal a lap top computer. Lt. Eliot Ramos.

Criminal Mischief reported on 6-20-13 on Marion St.—Community Garden. Report of unknown person(s) pulling up two fence posts and damaging fence surrounding garden. Lt. Michael Clay

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RED BANK: ONE VEHICLE, FOUR SLASHED TIRES

call-in-the-authoritiesThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of May 23 to May 30, 2013. This information is unedited.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 5-25-13 at Waverly Place. Victim reported that unknown person(s) slashed all four tires on parked vehicle. Ptl. Paul Perez.

Theft occurring between 5-28-13 and 5-29-13 at South Pearl St. Victim reported that unknown person(s) ransacked compartments in parked vehicle and stole wallet containing cash and debit cards. Ptl. Paul Perez.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 5-29-13 at corner of West St. and Oakland Street. Victim reported that unknown person(s) used a small red brick and scratched passenger side window of parked vehicle. Ptl. Michael Zadlock.

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RED BANK: A DISORDERLY WEEK

call-in-the-authoritiesThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of May 16 to May 23, 2013. This information is unedited.

• Shoplifting occurring on 5-20-13 at Monmouth Street business. Owner reported that unknown male subject shoplifted a gold colored picture frame and left store without paying for same. Ptl. Matthew Ehrenreich.

• Theft occurring between 5-21-13 and 5-22-13 at East Westside Ave. Victim reported that unknown subject(s) stole from her parked vehicle the following items: cash, GPS—Garman, two flashlights and a ball hitch. Ptl. Patrick Kennedy.

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RED BANKER CHARGED IN WEST SIDE MUGGING

A resident of the new Cedar Crossing housing development was arrested and charged with mugging a man on a nearby street corner earlier this month, Red Bank police announced Friday.

Niko Rossano, 20, was arrested Wednesday on charges he struck the victim in the face and stole his wallet in an early morning robbery in the area of Leighton Avenue and Bank Street on September 16, Captain Darren McConnell tells redbankgreen.

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BECK CHATS IT UP WITH WESTSIDE GROUP

jen-beckState Senator Jen Beck talked with residents at the West Side Community Group Wednesday night. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

For months, Patrick Hussey has looked out from his Catherine Street home and wished for pavement. The asphalt was torn up as part of the Cedar Crossing construction project, he said, and he’s been told by contractors that there’s no plan to repave the section of road until later this year.

“I’m ready to plant a garden right there in the street in front of my house,” Hussey said.

He hasn’t been able to get a straight answer from local officials about when his street will be repaved, he said, so he took his grievance a couple steps higher up the chain Wednesday night, when State Senator Jen Beck visited the Westside Community Group for her first time since serving on the borough council.

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‘NOT THE WORST THING IN THE WORLD…’

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Once again, we’re glad to see so many good candidates for Comment of the Week in our files from last week. Thanks to everyone who posted something.

The comments we highlight here need not be shining examples of argument and the art of persuasion. Spelling, grammar and punctuation aren’t all that important, either. What we’re looking for is civility and a sincere interest in contributing to discussion of public issues.

The comment below was posted by “Lesley” beneath our article about the Cedar Crossing affordable-housing project getting $400,000 in a construction grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York.

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