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RED BANK: GRANDVILLE GETS HALF A LOAF

Grandville Towers resident Jane Manning asks a question of the Rent Leveling Board last Thursday night (Photo by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)

By SARAH KLEPNER

Red Bank’s Grandville Towers Grandville Towers is getting glass railings, but not a new pool – not at the tenants’ expense, at least.

Thursday night, the Rent Leveling Board went line by line over PRC Management’s proposal for $3 million-plus worth of work at the 10-story apartment building, which the applicant sought to have covered by rent surcharges.

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RED BANK: GRANDVILLE RENT HIKE WEIGHED

Grandville Towers neighbors look on as resident Mary Cook, below, questions PRC vice president Tom Arnone, left. (Photo by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)

By SARAH KLEPNER

The Red Bank Rent Leveling Board wrapped up testimony and public comment on a plan for upgrades and higher rents at Grandville Towers Thursday night, but held off on making a decision before next month.

Building manager PRC Group is seeking permission to impose rent surcharges to recover the costs of a proposed $3.6 million rehabilitation-and-upgrade project that has tenants fearing sharp increases.

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RED BANK: GRANDVILLE UPGRADES DETAILED

Tenants Sonia Walker, left, and Jennifer Lugo-Walker study the project plans for the 10-story apartment building, below. (Photo above by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)

By SARAH KLEPNER

About 30 residents of Red Bank’s Grandville Towers highrise turned out for a special meeting of the borough Rent Leveling Board Wednesday, anxious about renovation plans and their effect on rents.

Tom Arnone, vice president at he PRC Group, the building’s manager, presented an overview of the the work that – pending RLB approval of rent surcharges – would be done in three phases expected to last a total of about 14 months, starting in September.
Because PRC is still seeking quotes for the work, the surcharges may vary from present estimates, said Arnone, who also serves as a member of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

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GRANDVILLE SLATED FOR FIXES & RENT HIKES

Winds tore off the roof liner at Grandville Towers during Hurricane Sandy on October 29, (Photo by Ken Kalada. Click to enlarge)

By JOE FISHER

Tenants of Red Bank’s Grandville Towers face rent increases as high as 15 percent under a $3.8 million capital improvement plan to be considered next month by the borough’s rent leveling board.

Teddy Construction Company, owner of the 91-unit high-rise complex, is scheduled make its pitch for the increases at a special board meeting April 2. [UPDATE: The April 2 meeting has been canceled at the request of Teddy’s lawyer. No new date has been set.]

Whether rents can be raised to Teddy’s satisfaction will hinge on whether work slated for the 10-story structure on Morford Place qualifies as capital improvements or maintenance, according to board officials.

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GRANDVILLE CONVERSION GETS GREEN LIGHT

grandview-towersThe owner wants to create five new units in the 91-unit building.

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Compromise sealed the deal to move forward with plans to renovate Grandville Towers from apartments to condominiums, which gained approval from the Red Bank zoning board Thursday.

After more than a year of occasional hearings, presentations and a little haggling — particularly over affordable housing requirements — the Morford Place building’s owners got the OK to convert Grandview’s 91 apartments and overhaul the first floor by adding new condos and facilities.

“This is a winner,” board member Kevin Moss said.

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MENNA: GRANDVILLE SENIORS PROTECTED

Grandville_towersOwner PRC Group is seeking permission to convert the 91 rental units at Grandville Towers to condos.

Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna tells today’s Asbury Park Press that senior-citizen tenants of Grandville Towers won’t be forced to move if the building’s owner succeeds in its effort to convert the building to condos.

“Anyone who applies for it will receive protected senior citizen status, they would not be forced to move,” Menna tells Press reporter Larry Higgs, adding that owner/developer PRC Group of West Long Branch told officials if the conversion is approved, they would follow borough rent leveling board guidelines.

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RED BANK: MASSIVE DEVELOPMENT PROPOSED

red bank corporate plaza 122219 Under the plan, 150 apartments would be built above Pazzo MMX restaurant and the parking garage beside it. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njA proposed expansion atop an existing restaurant and parking deck would create a nine-story structure with 150 apartments in the center of Red Bank, redbankgreen has learned.

If approved, the project would shatter the borough’s limits on building height, density and more.

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RED BANK: SUE VISCOMI Q&A

red bank nj sue viscomiRunning as the only independent in this year’s council race is Sue Viscomi. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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At stake in Red Bank’s November 6 election: the mayor’s post and two council seats.

At stake in Red Bank’s November 6 election: the mayor’s post and two council seats.

On the ballot are: incumbent Mayor Pasquale Menna, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Pearl Lee; and council candidates Michael Clancy (R), Allison Gregory (R), Kate Triggiano (D), Sue Viscomi (I) and Hazim Yassin (D).

Here are Viscomi’s written responses to questions posed to all candidates recently by redbankgreen.

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RED BANK: DOG FOUND 80 MILES FROM HOME

Wanda greets Jennifer May, center, and her children Bryn and Dennis Tibus on their reunion in Red Bank Saturday. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

A dog who wandered off in Warren County on Wednesday and wound up in Red Bank later that day was reunited with her owners Saturday.

How the 15-year-old black Lab-border collie mix turned up 80 miles from home remained a mystery, however.

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RED BANK: ZONING SHORTCUT INTRODUCED

RB Reso 16-190 Map 071316A map showing a potential new “area in need of rehabilitation” that was quietly put into play Wednesday night. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03Over the objections of two council members and several residents that “it doesn’t smell right,” Red Bank’s governing body furthered plans for both a possible downtown parking garage and a proposed apartment building Wednesday night.

And without a word of public description or discussion beforehand, the council also started a process that could lead to designating a large swath of the town as an “area in need of rehabilitation,” which one official said would make it easier for developers to avoid variances when their plans don’t comply with the zoning law. Read More »

RED BANK: MAN LEAPS TO HIS DEATH

grandville-towers2A 40-year-old man who previously resided at Grandville Towers in Red Bank leapt to his death from the building’s 10th floor Monday morning, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. An investigation found no wrongdoing, a spokesman for the office said Wednesday. [Correction: the original report from the prosecutor said the victim was a resident of the building; that statement was later amended to say he was a former resident. (Archive photo. Click to enlarge)

 

RED BANK: GOP ‘CANDIDATE’ BLASTS… GOP

irwin katz 040307.jpgCamera-shy then as now, Irwin Katz hides behind a sign at his short-lived Monmouth Street store in 2007. Below is the August 10 GOP Facebook post that angered Katz. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

RB GOP school board post 081015One of three candidates on a Republican-recruited slate for the Red Bank school board tells redbankgreen he wants nothing to do with party, whose officials he calls “a bunch of liars, gangsters and thieves.”

Irwin Katz said he was talked into running without any mention of the GOP’s involvement, which he said he resents in a race that he believes should be non-partisan. But now that he’s on the November 3 ballot, he’ll stand as an independent, as intended, he said Wednesday.

“I’m going forward, for hell or high water,” Katz said. “Now my Irish is up.”

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RED BANK: GARDENERS FINALLY DIG IN

Members of Junior Girl Scout Troop 1556 working the soil on the first day of planting Saturday. Below, Linda Mulhausen stakes a plot. (Photo by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)

By SARAH KLEPNER

From the intricacies of composting – weeds in or out? – and soil amendments to the development of a satisfactory water plan, the Red Bank Community Garden has finally come into being. And there’s still room for more gardeners.

After political battling last year over where to site the garden, gardeners got oriented last Tuesday night, meeting with RBCG committee members and several local experts who have been part of the two-and-a-half-year process of establishing the facility.

On Saturday, under bright spring skies, the urban farmers tilled soil for the first time.

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SALON PLANNED AT FORMER EATERY

img_5928Kim Johnson plans to set up a hair styling business in the former Itri’s Luncheonette space.

Looks like the griddle at the long-dormant Itri’s Luncheonette won’t be getting fired up again after all.

Guy Johnson’s dream of reviving the tiny, beloved hash house died late last week when he won approval from the Red Bank zoning board to convert the West Front Street space to retail.

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LET’S DO LUNCHEONETTE

Itris_muralA mural in the window of the former Itri’s eatery signals Guy Johnson’s hope that the grill will soon sizzle again.

Last we heard, the former home of Itri’s luncheonette on West Front Street was being scoped out by a pair of young couples who wanted to buy and revive the classic tiny eatery.

But talks got hung up on their lawyer’s worries (not shared by the buyers themselves, we’re told) that the place had no clear easement to the driveway running alongside the building — the only way to get to the business’s eight parking spots out back. The deal fell apart earlier this year.

No such worries constrained Guy Johnson, though. The owner of the massive Antique Center of Red Bank next door bought the place last month at a deep discount, ($350,000, compared to the 2004 listing at $589,000).

“I had to buy it,” Johnson tells redbankgreen. “I was always taught you should buy the property next door so the neighbors don’t complain.”

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RESIDENTS DEMAND RELIEF ON TAXES

The Southies got the crowd they wanted—and the startled attention of Red Bank’s governing body—as an overflow throng descended on the Borough Council Monday night to demand a halt to rising property taxes.

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Responding to a recent leafletting campaign launched by South Street homeowners, residents packed the council chambers, catching elected officials off guard both with their numbers and with their calls for an end to tax hikes.

“I obviously didn’t know we were going to have this many people here,” Mayor Ed McKenna said near the outset of the meeting, a remark that was echoed by two council members.

“We’re here to tell you we’re hurting,” rally organizer Marta Rambaud told the council. “We need to change the trend. We’re hurting and we need help. That help has to come from you, or we’ll have to move away.”

By the end of the nearly two-hour session, the audience had been treated to an emotional call by McKenna for respect he said was due him for “over one thousand nights of my life” spent attending public meetings; yet another volatile exchange between McKenna, who is not seeking re-election, and mayoral candidate John Curley; and a Leighton Avenue resident’s Vaudevillian re-enactment of his encounter with a topless prostitute as he retrieved his morning newspaper recently.

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