RED BANK: BOARD SUED OVER TWO DECISIONS

red bank, nj, vna, 176 riverside, saxumThe owners of the Colony House apartments, at right, claim the plan for the VNA site, at left, violates their property rights. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

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Two months after approving one of the largest development projects in Red Bank history, the borough planning board has been sued over the decision, redbankgreen has learned.

The suit arrives as the board is defending itself in a lawsuit concerning a proposed Hampton Inn just across the street.

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RED BANK: MAN JUMPS FROM BUILDING ROOF

colony-house-2008The man did not reside at the seven-story apartment building, police said. (Click to enlarge)

A 26-year-old Red Bank man suffered ‚Äúsignificant” injuries but was conscious and alert after he jumped from the roof of the Colony House apartment building in Red Bank Tuesday morning, NJ.com reported.

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COLONY HOUSE RENT COMPLAINTS MOUNT

colony-house-2008A plan to convert the Colony House failed, leading to a return to rentals, and new-tenant complaints about jacked-up rents. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Following a pattern reported on by redbankgreen back in June, the owner of the Colony House apartments has continued to illegally raise rents on tenants, some of whom may be afraid to pursue legal recourse, members of the Red Bank Rent Leveling Board said Thursday.

At their monthly meeting in a nearly empty council chambers, board members said that about eight residents had filed formal complaints in recent months alleging that the landlord, Park Ridge LLC of Lakewood, had rescinded incentive discounts given to new tenants since 2009, and then imposed cost-of-living improvements on the new base rent.

Only the cost-of-living adjustments are permitted under the borough rent ordinance, said board attorney Gene Anthony.

“We had three complaints in September alone,” said board chairman Vincent Light.

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RENTER COMPLAINTS FILL BOARD’S AGENDA

rb-terraceRed Bank Terrace is one of two apartment complexes with complaints pending before the borough’s Rent Leveling Board. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The meetings of Red Bank’s Rent Leveling Board tend to fly under the radar, given the often sleepy agendas. But Thursday night’s meeting looks like an exception.

Lined up for the board’s consideration are three tenant complaints, making for a potentially packed evening for the five-member body.

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APPEALS COURT OKS COLONY HOUSE DENIAL

Img_4589The decision concerns a 50-year-old apartment building on Bodman Place that the owner wanted to convert to condos. (Click to enlarge)

The state appeals court has upheld the Red Bank zoning board’s rejection of a condo conversion plan for the half-century-old Colony House apartment building.

The plan would have exacerbated a “severe lack of available parking,” the board said in its July 2008 resolution on the rejection.

In a decision dated February 10, the appeals court found that the board had acted reasonably in coming to that conclusion.

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