RED BANK: DOWNTOWN APARTMENTS OK’D

Mayor Pasquale Menna explains his vote to approve the project, a rendering of which is seen on a computer screen in the foreground. At left is board Engineer Ed Herrman. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

A proposed 35-unit apartment building in downtown Red Bank won unanimous planning board approval Monday night.

First, however, several critics, including two board members, took parting shots at a process that kept the controversial plan alive for a year after it was rejected by the zoning board.

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RED BANK: PLAN PANNED FOR LOOKS, PARKING

An architect’s depiction of the Element, as seen from the north side side of West Front Street. (Rendering by Rotwein + Blake. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

A new round of hearings on the Element, a proposed 35-unit apartment building in downtown Red Bank, began Wednesday night with concerns raised about parking adequacy and aesthetics.

Mayor Pasquale Menna called the appearance of the structure “bulky and not very inviting,” while several residents challenged a traffic consultant’s claim that the project’s on-site parking was sufficient.

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MIDDLETOWN: SAME GUY ARRESTED THRICE

Recent activity reports, unedited, as provided by the Middletown Township Police Department.

call-in-the-authorities• Damian Salgado, age 34, from Kimberly Court in Middletown, NJ, arrested on May 23, 2013 by Patrolman Scott Davis for Simple Assault. He was released pending a court date.

• Zina Boyd, age 48, from Norwood Avenue in Long Branch, NJ, arrested on May 22, 2013 by Patrolman Raymond Sofield on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. She was released after posting $386.00 bail.

• Bryan Macey, age 28, from Leonard Avenue in Leonardo, NJ, arrested on May 22, 2013 by Corporal Robert McNair on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $1,000.00 bail.

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