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RIVER’S EDGE OK’D; PLANS PATH TO NEW PARK

rivers-edge21One of the houses to be torn down as part of the River’s Edge condo project, which gained approval to add more units Thursday night. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Just like that, the RW @ River’s Edge condominium project is going to be a little bit bigger than originally approved.

And in gaining the zoning board’s OK, a new detail emerged: there’s a new park planned for Red Bank, not far from where River’s Edge plans to build. And its developers say they want a hand in getting to the park, too.

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RETURN OF THE RIVER’S EDGE

rivers-edgeWork on a condominium project at the end of Bank Street has stopped while the developer seeks a change of plans. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

When Red Bank’s zoning board meets tonight, it will hold a public hearing for final site plan approval on a West Side development that already has the board’s OK. Construction even started, too.

Huh?

That’s what some people are saying about the return of the RW @ River’s Edge condominium project. And not many know why.

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RED BANK: WEST SIDE HOMES NEARLY READY

riversedge 042716 3Several units at River’s Edge, like the one above at the western end of Bank Street, offer expansive views of the Swimming River. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

riversedge 042716 4A long wait is about to an end as builder Charlie Farkouh puts the finishing touches on the most ambitious housing development Red Bank’s West Side has seen in years.

Farkouh tells redbankgreen he’s nearing completion on the 15-unit River’s Edge project, replacing several derelict houses at the western ends of Bank Street and Drs. James Parker Boulevard.

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RED BANK: LONG-STALLED CONDOS STARTED

charles farkouh 100615Builder Charlie Farkouh on the Bank Street portion of the project earlier this week. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03A planned condo complex with a knotty, decade-long history of false starts is finally going into the ground on Red Bank’s West Side.

Rumson builder Charles Farkouh, who acquired the project in August, tells redbankgreen he’ll have the 15-unit River’s Edge project, which spans several lots at the western ends of Bank Street and Drs. James Parker Boulevard, finished in 12 to 14 months.

“Full steam,” said Farkouh, as workers prepared footings in a large excavation abutting a steep bank overlooking the Swimming River on Tuesday. “It’s happening.”

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RED BANK TELLS BUILDER: KNOCK ‘EM DOWN

bank-stRed Bank officials slapped developers of the River’s Edge project on Bank Street with an unsafe structure violation, which is being appealed. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

When the developers of a waterside condominium project received approvals from the Red Bank zoning board back in August, the plan was to get started on construction within six to twelve months, they sai.

Now bumping up against the six-month mark, there’s been little action at the western end of Bank Street. And that’s going to have to change, says the borough.

Code enforcement has issued unsafe structure violations for the three vacant homes on the property, pushing the developers to make some sort of progress at the site.

“They’ve become a blight on the neighborhood,” said Administrator Stanley Sickels, who doubles as the borough’s construction official. “It’s time to take [them] down.”

The developer of River’s Edge has appealed the violations. The developer’s attorney, Kevin Coakley, told redbankgreen the move was to wait out any potential litigation against the developer.

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ADDING LUNCH TO THE SONIC SMORGASBORD

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From left: Matt Wade, A Cool Blues Duo (featuring Chuck Lambert and Susan Haugenes), Kati Beddow Brower and  Virago pack the Tunes-To-Go, as Red Bank RiverCenter inaugurates a new LunchMusic series at Riverside Gardens.

By TOM CHESEK

If you’re a music fan of eclectic disposition, you’ve come to the right place. In fact, on summertime Saturday nights, a carelessly distracted connoisseur could literally stumble over the next big thing on the streets of Red Bank.

Beginning June 5 and continuing Saturday nights through August (save for July 3’s KaBoom fireworks night), the outdoor mini-concert series known as Red Bank StreetLife returns to the the sidewalks and storefronts of the Basie-birthing borough — an open-air musical bazaar produced and presented (as it’s been each year since 2001) by the folks at Red Bank RiverCenter.

It’s a regular sonic smorgasbord of jazz stylers and blues howlers, folk strummers and world drummers, bell choirs and barbershoppers and more, spotlighting performers who’ve competed for the coveted StreetLife slots in a series of judged auditions, as redbankgreen detailed here in April.

Before all that, however, RiverCenter is serving up an exciting appetizer to the season’s musical menu — an all-new Wednesday lunchtime entertainment series that begins June 2 at noon in Riverside Gardens Park and continues through the month under the name LunchMusic.

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ZONING BOARD: TAKE ME TO THE RIVER

Navesink_bankstA view of the Navesink from Bank Street.

Thanks largely to a YouTube video recorded by a Bank Street resident, a condo plan approved recently by the Red Bank zoning board will have to provide clearly marked public access to the Navesink River.

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RIVER ACCESS AT ISSUE IN CONDO PLAN

Bank Street’s Brian Donohue videotaped a recent encounter with a Chapin Avenue condo owner over public access to the Navesink River and posted it on YouTube.

On the agenda for tonight’s Red Bank zoning board meeting are the terms and conditions that the proposed builder of the 11-unit RW @ River’s Edge condo project must agree to and fulfill before it can be built.

Among them: public access to the Navesink River. The project spans three residential properties that sit on a bluff above the river at the western ends of Bank Street and Drs. James Parker Boulevard.

Brian Donohue, a resident of Bank Street, challenged the board to make sure that the public is allowed to both see and access the river after the homes are built. And he shot the above video to examine the question of whether similar guarantees offered when condos were built nearby on Chapin Avenue earlier this decade were met.

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CONDO PLAN VOTE POSTPONED

Drsparkeryellow_2Bank_st_red_2Bank_st_white_2Vacant houses on, Drs. Parker Boulevard (left) and opposite sides of Bank Street (center and right) would be razed and replaced with 11 townhouse condos. (Click images to enlarge)

A hearing to set the terms under which the RW @ River’s Edge condo project could be built was postponed last night at the request of the builder, today’s Asbury Park Press reports.

Meantime, attorneys for Red Bank and an affordable-housing advocacy group prepared to appear before the state Council on Affordable Housing next week over a challenge that the proposed 11-unit condo project gave rise to.

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CONDO PROJECT ON TONIGHT’S AGENDA

RwplanAn architect’s rendering of the proposed RW @ River’s Edge condos.

A proposed 12-unit West Side condo project that was the flashpoint in a legal challenge to Red Bank’s efforts to provide affordable housing is up for final approval by the zoning board.

RW @ River’s Edge, envisioned as replacing several abandoned homes at the western ends of Drs. James Parker Boulevard and Bank Street, was the basis for a challenge by the Fair Share Housing Center of Cherry Hill, the Asbury Park Press reports.

That led the the state Council on Affordable Housing last week to temporarily strip the borough of the right to approve any applications for new market-rate housing, according to the Press’ Larry Higgs.

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DEVELOPER: ‘FOLLOWING THE MASTER PLAN’

RwplanAn architect’s rendering of the proposed condos.

The would-be developer of 12 proposed townhouses at the western ends of Drs. James Parker Boulevard and Bank Street told he planning board last week that he’s simply following the Red Bank master plan in not preserving three vacant single-family homes there, the Asbury Park Press reported Sunday.

From the story:

Experts for developers RW at River’s Edge LLC argued at Thursday’s Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting that the project fits the intent of borough zoning.

But the concept of demolishing single-family homes on the west side and replacing them with townhouses has raised concerns among Mayor Pasquale “Pat” Menna and others who want to see development and rehabilitation of single-family houses encouraged.

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WEST SIDE BUILDER BACK AFTER LAWSUIT

Drsparkeryellow_2Bank_st_red_2Bank_st_white_2Vacant houses on, Drs. Parker Boulevard (left) and opposite sides of Bank Street (center and right) would be razed and replaced with 11 townhouse condos under the newest plan. Click images to enlarge.

A West Side townhouse plan with a somewhat tortured history is back.

Little Silver homebuilder George Whelan is scheduled to go before the Red Bank zoning board May 15 with a proposal to build 11 townhouses on three lots overlooking a deep bend in the Navesink River at the ends of Bank Street and Drs. James Parker Boulevard.

The return of the project, dubbed RW @ River’s Edge, marks the latest chapter in a tug-of-war that has seen a Whelan request that the borough abandon a portion of Bank Street for the project get shot down by the council; the rejection of a second proposal by the planning board; two lawsuits by Whelan against the borough; a zoning change; and the effective undoing of the zoning change by the a state court decision in an unrelated case.

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