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WEST SIDE TO GET PARKING LOOK-AHEAD

menna-danny-murphy-102611Restaurateur Danny Murphy discusses the need for West Side parking with Mayor Pasquale Menna, left, before last week’s borough council meeting. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank’s West Side appears about to experience a tsunami of new development, if land-use approvals granted by the town are used in the near future.

That’s a big if. The ailing economy has stalled development projects across the U.S., and Red Bank has not been spared.

But a large housing project planned for Monmouth Street near the train station, and two others just blocks away on Bridge –  one of them mixed in with stores and a brew pub – have business owners in the vicinity concerned about a severe parking crunch. And led by a restaurateur, they’ve asked the borough to be proactive in minimizing the adverse impact.

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BAG TO THE DRAWING BOARD… AGAIN

Img_9701_2Almost a year after it was first proposed, a ban on plastic bags remains hung up.

It’s on tonight’s agenda for a public hearing and adoption vote. But a proposed ban on the distribution of plastic grocery bags, repeatedly tugged at and ripped by opponents, won’t in fact, be voted on, Mayor Paquale Menna tells redbankgreen.

After consulting with some members of the borough council in recent days, Menna says the votes aren’t there to assure passage, and he’s got concerns about it himself.

“I really don’t see it in its existing form” winning approval from the Democrat-controlled council, despite being championed by fellow Democrat Mike DuPont.

“I’ve told them, just put it to bed,” Menna says. “If we adopt [a ban], it’s not going to be the same one.”

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COURT CLEARS WAY FOR TWO PROJECTS

Anderson_brosThe former Anderson storage building, seen in a file photo, where Mertrovation has approvals to build 23 condos and two stores.

A pair of large-scale, long-stalled development projects near the Red Bank train station cleared legal hurdles yesterday when a state Appellate Division panel ruled that no conflicts of interest had tainted approvals by the borough zoning board, today’s Asbury Park Press reports.

Both cases pitted Bill Meyer, a downtown property owner and gadfly, against developer Metrovation or its principals and the zoning board.

One decision centered on plans for a mixed retail/brew pub/art studio/condo project called MW West Side Lofts on the southeast corner of West Front Street and Bridge Avenue. The project, owned by principals of Metrovation but not the firm itself, would surround the present location of Danny’s Steakhouse.

The other involves the former Anderson Brothers Moving and Storage building at the northwest corner of Bridge Avenue an Monmouth Street, where Metrovation hopes to create 23 condos and two street-level stores.

From the Press, by reporter Larry Higgs:

In both projects, Meyer challenged the potential conflict of interest of two board members at public meetings and then challenged their participation in lawsuits. Judges upheld the participation of both members, which prompted the appeals and have kept both projects on hold.

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