RED BANK: PILLAR WORK PROMPTS CLOSURE

english plaza 081315english plaza 081215Work to replace the two crumbling, 1930s-era peanut-stone pillars flanking the West Front Street entrance to the English Plaza parking lot in Red Bank will result in daytime closures of that driveway beginning Tuesday, the borough announced.

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RED BANK: STREETSCAPE PROJECTS PLANNED

rb schiff lot 081315The fence and sign bordering the onetime Steinbach’s department store parking lot on Broad Street, above, will be transformed into a landscaped seating area, shown in an aerial concept drawing below.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

133 broad 081215Two Red Bank parking lots are in for some dolling-up.

RiverCenter, the downtown promotion agency, plans to spruce up the former Steinbach’s parking lot on Broad Street with landscaping and benches, and to replace two stone pillars at the north entrance to the English Plaza lot, officials said in a presentation to the borough council Wednesday night.

And RiverCenter is working on a streetscape plan for a portion of White Street, including the southern entrance to English Plaza, said executive director Jim Scavone.

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SEA BRIGHT: TALKING WATER AT ITS EDGE

sb h2O9 1 091013New Jersey Institute of Technology students gather with Dutch designer Paul van Wijk, far right, on the beach in Sea Bright Tuesday morning prior to the second day of H209, a two-day, multilocation forum on how to mitigate flood damage in lower Manhattan, Jamaica Bay and the Jersey Shore.

Representatives of the Dutch government, the United States Army Corps of Engineers, insurance companies and engineering firms are also present at the daylong event, held at borough hall. (Photo by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)