After a vote that sharply divided the borough planning board, one of Red Bank’s most distinctive old mansions is going commercial.
The century-old Victorian at 28 LeRoy Place is to become an accountant’s office after a vote on the conversion split the board 5-4 Monday night.
Those in favor cited the fact that the structure is in a professional office zone and argued it would serve as a buffer between nearby homes and the “abomination” of the former Sun Bank at the corner of LeRoy and Broad Street.
Those opposed said they were concerned about “creeping commercialism” and a “domino effect” leading to other homes on Leroy being turned into offices on the strength of an approval.
“No,” said Councilwoman Sharon Lee, when called on to vote. “It constitutes an assault on our historic homes.”