RED BANK: TOWN TO ZONE FOR CANNABIS

By JOHN T. WARD

redbankgreen hot topicRed Bank will move quickly to set zoning rules on the growth, distribution and retail sale of cannabis, the council informally agreed Wednesday night.

The decision will enable the borough to dictate where cannabis commerce can occur, and eventually generate some tax revenue.

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RED BANK: HEIGHT REMAINS STICKING POINT

The latest proposal for 141 West Front Street includes a restaurant atop the existing office building, at left, and stepped-back apartments and parking with faux windows above the existing Pazzo MMX restaurant. (Rendering by Feinberg & Associates. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njPRC Group will have to wait at least two more months for a zoning board decision on its proposed makeover of a prominent Red Bank property.

At the latest hearing on the plan Thursday night, board members continued to challenge the scale of the project, even after two rounds of shrinkage.

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RED BANK: PRC TRIMS TWO MORE FLOORS

The latest proposal for 141 West Front Street includes a rooftop restaurant. (Rendering by Feinberg & Associates. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njThree months after it went to the brink of rejection, a planned massive addition to an existing Red Bank building has once again seen some shrinkage.

Under the latest proposal, the project would put 99 apartments above Pazzo MMX restaurant on West Front Street. There would also be a new restaurant on the roof.

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FAIR HAVEN: FINE-TUNING FOR TWO PROJECTS

Architect Margaret DeSantis describing the design of the proposed new police station, at right, and storage facility at left. (Concept by the Goldstein Partnership. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njFair Haven moved to the fine-tuning stage on two major redevelopment projects Monday night, offering residents yet another chance to influence the looks of a new police station and a new public works yard.

Both, located in residential areas, continued to draw praise for fitting in.

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FAIR HAVEN: LOADS OF PRAISE FOR DPW PLAN

A view from the northwest of the proposed DPW garage and offices. Recycling compactors would be concealed by a fence. (Concept by the Goldstein Partnership. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njFair Haven planning board members and residents heaped truckloads of “love” Tuesday night on a revised plan to overhaul the town’s public works yard. Read More »

RED BANK: CORNER PLAN HEARING RESUMES

red bank 273 shrewsbury aveThe project would replace the existing two-story building with a three-story structure, below. (Rendering by Michael James Monroe Architect. Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

A proposal for stores and apartments at a busy Red Bank intersection returned to zoning board after a yearlong pandemic interruption Thursday night.

The new plan is significantly smaller than the original.

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RED BANK: MARIJUANA GROW SITE PROPOSED

The operation would be housed in a warehouse on East Leonard Street, indicated by a star above. (Image from Google Maps. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Jumping in on New Jersey’s legalization of adult-use marijuana, a local homebuilder hopes to win approval for a growing facility in Red Bank, redbankgreen has learned.

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RED BANK: DEVELOPMENT PLAN RETURNS

The project, with a mid-building garage entry and exit on Shrewsbury Avenue, would replace the two-story building shown below. (Rendering by Michael James Monroe Architect. Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

red bank 273 shrewsbury avenueA revised proposal for stores and apartments at a busy Red Bank intersection may get a hearing next week.

The plan, for the northeast corner of Shrewsbury Avenue and Drs. James Parker Boulevard, is significantly scaled back from its original form, filed in October, 2019.

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RED BANK: BANK DIMS LIGHTING TO WIN OK

The bank agreed to remove the lights behind the red logo atop its ATM machine, but said the site overall was inadequately lit under state regulations. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njWells Fargo dodged likely planning board rejection when it agreed to dial back an illumination plan for its Red Bank branch Monday night.

The fact that the property is under review as a possible new home for borough government also lit up the conversation.

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RED BANK: POSSIBLE TOWN HALL SITE ID’D

The building at Broad Street and East Bergen Place has served as a branch for various banks since 1965. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njRed Bank’s Redevelopment Agency is looking at a Broad Street bank site as a possible future home for borough government.

Emphasis on “possible.” But the Wells Fargo branch at the corner of East Bergen Place has attributes that may make it “viable,” borough Business Administrator Ziad Shehady said at the agency’s monthly meeting Tuesday.

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RED BANK: PRC PLAN VOTE DELAYED

red bank 141 west front The project would add seven stories of apartments and parking above Pazzo MMX restaurant, at center above, and the existing garage at right. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njFacing almost certain rejection of its plan to add seven stories to a downtown Red Bank building, a developer won a four-month reprieve from the zoning board Thursday night.

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RED BANK: PRC PLAN HEARING TO RESUME

The plan calls for adding seven stories of apartments and parking above Pazzo MMX restaurant at 141 West Front Street. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njA hearing on a plan that would dramatically alter the Red Bank skyline is scheduled to resume Thursday night following a two-month layover.

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RED BANK: AGENCY PRESSED ON SENIOR HALL

David Huber, center top, began what he said would be his last year as redevelopment agency chairman. (Photo from Zoom. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njRed Bank residents pressed the borough’s Redevelopment Agency to save the Shrewsbury Avenue Senior Center Tuesday.

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RED BANK: FRICTION OVER WEST FRONT PLAN

A rendering depicts 141 West Front Street upon completion. (Visual by  Feinberg & Associates. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njA proposed development that would dramatically alter a downtown Red Bank block won’t have a significant impact on traffic, a developer’s consultant told the zoning board Wednesday night.

The hearing prompted some friction between the developer’s representatives and a board member, who warned them to “be careful” if they wanted his vote.

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RED BANK: HEARING FOR PRC PLAN TO RESUME

red bank 141 west front garageUnder the proposal, 137 apartments and additional would be built above Pazzo MMX restaurant on West Front Street. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njInterrupted by the pandemic, a hearing on a massive development proposed in downtown Red Bank is slated to resume Wednesday night.

The borough zoning board has scheduled a rare special session to review a plan for a nine-story addition atop Pazzo MMX restaurant – but now with 13 fewer apartments than originally proposed.

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FAIR HAVEN: PD, DPW CONCEPTS UNVEILED

fair haven police plan 101320A concept drawing of a new police station on Fisk Street, above; below, an aerial view superimposing the station at top, as well as a new rec center and parking lot. (Visuals by The Goldstein Partnership. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

fair haven police rec center plan 101320Fair Haven residents got their first peek at concept plans for a trio of new borough facilities Tuesday night.

They also got the first hint of what some of it might cost.

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FAIR HAVEN: PD, DPW, PLANS IN REVISION

Borough Engineer Rich Gardella, at upper right, discussed concept plans for the public works yard on Third Street during the council meeting Monday night. Below, a 2019 rendering showing a DPW building repositioned to Third Street. (Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

fair haven, nj, dpw conceptIt’s back-to-the-drawing board time as Fair Haven officials try once again to advance two significant capital projects.

One is a proposed new police station, which was the driving factor behind two controversial, and failed, property acquisition efforts in recent years.

The other is a public works yard makeover that not long ago appeared on track to yield residential lots the town could sell to fund later projects. That may no longer be the case.

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FAIR HAVEN: FACILITIES ON SPECIAL AGENDA

fair haven police station 071520 2The police department has outgrown the former schoolhouse that houses it, officials say. (Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topicSix weeks after Fair Haven’s council killed a controversial plan for a new borough hall and police station, the question of what to do instead may have an answer.

On Wednesday, officials announced the council will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, August 25 “for a borough facilities review and discussion.”

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RED BANK: ZONING BOARD RESUMES WORK

A two-family home would be created in a structure now used for offices at 234 Maple Avenue. (Google Maps photo. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank nj

Sidelined for five montD-19 pandemic, Red Bank’s zoning board is scheduled to get back to the business of deciding variance requests Thursday night.

On the agenda: a marina fuel tank and the conversion of offices to residential use.

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FAIR HAVEN: PURCHASE PLAN SCRAPPED

fair haven 623 river 022120 4The proposal called for a $3.4 million purchase of the office complex at 623 River Road, followed by an estimated $9.6 million in site redevelopment. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topicFair Haven’s council has scrapped a controversial plan to buy a River Road office building for $3.4 million.

Monday’s action marked the second time plans for a proposed home for a new borough hall and police station have fallen through, and left officials turning to plan C.

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FAIR HAVEN: NO DUNKIN’ ON OVER EASY

fair haven over easy 061620Over Easy Kitchen plans to open in space vacated by Bike Haven nearly four years ago. (Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njNo angry crowds, no predictions of traffic jams or children being run over by cars.

A restaurant proposed for Fair Haven’s Acme shopping center had a far easier time winning approval Tuesday night than its prospective neighbor, a Dunkin’ coffee shop that divided the town for months.

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FAIR HAVEN: FACILITIES PLAN ATTACKED

fair haven theresa casagrande 030520Fair Haven Administrator Theresa Casagrande at Thursday night’s event. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Fair Haven residents found a lot to dislike about a proposed $3.4 million purchase of real estate for borough use when they gathered at Bicentennial Hall Thursday night.

They barraged borough Administrator Theresa Casagrande with questions and complaints about the plan’s financial impacts, the displacement of business tenants and more.

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FAIR HAVEN: FACILITIES PLAN AIRING SLATED

fair haven 623 river 022120 4The consolidation plan contemplates the borough buying 623 River Road for $3.4 million. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

With little more than a day’s notice, Fair Haven has announced a public presentation over a proposed plan for a new borough hall and police station.

One council member called the alert “terribly short notice” and asked that a key vote on the proposal be tabled.

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FAIR HAVEN: TENANTS HOT OVER TOWN DEAL

fair haven 623 river roadThe borough plans to buy 623 River Road, outlined in red. The star indicates the firehouse property. (Google Maps image. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Over the objections of business owners and residents, Fair Haven’s council initiated a plan Monday night to buy a River Road site, where it would create a new borough hall and police station.

Even the council’s two newest members, Democrats whose November election signaled a change in the status quo, agreed that the new facilities are “a need, not a want.” But tenants of the target building said the changes would tear at the fabric of the town.

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