RED BANK: DRIVE-THRU CHANGE SAILS THRU

rassas 7 052213The change will not apply to a proposed Walgreen’s store at the former site of Rassas Buick, officials said. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_01A change to Red Bank’s law on drive-thru businesses got quick service Wednesday night.

Setting aside opposition by the lawyer for a proposed Walgreen’s pharmacy and by Coffee Corral owner Russ Crosson, the council gave unanimous approval to a zoning change that requires new drive-thrus to be located 100 feet from a residential zone.

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RED BANK: WHAT, NO PONY RIDES?

Coming soon, if Coffee Corral has its way: bocce and horseshoe courts and a fire pit. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Nobody can say Russ Crosson isn’t adaptable. When the real estate industry took a nosedive a few years back, Crosson schooled himself in the craft of coffee-roasting and transformed his onetime construction office on Red Bank’s West Side into a must-hit place for consumers with a jones for fine java.

Now, just a year after opening his Coffee Corral, at the corner of Shrewsbury Avenue and Drs. James Parker Boulevard, Crosson is feeling his oats and ready to expand the operation.

But not in the way one might expect. Rather than seeking permission for on-premises consumption of joe at his takeout-only store, Crosson wants to supplement the business with horseshoes, bocce, a hot dog cart – and maybe a little live music.

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WALLACE STREET CONVERSION TABLED

crosson-091611The building, which is some 116 years old, was converted from a two-family to office use three years ago. Now the owner wants to switch back. (Click to enlarge)

By MOLLY MULSHINE

Russ Crosson‘s neighbors are not thrilled about his plans to convert his Red Bank office into a two-family dwelling.

Wallace Street residents attended the zoning meeting held Thursday night to question Crosson about his plans, and the board tabled the application so residents could have more time to speak on the issue.

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