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RED BANK: MALL TO INSTALL SAFETY BOLLARDS

rb city centre 040215The City Centre strip mall has seen four incidents in which cars have driven into storefronts in recent years, the latest on March 3, below. (Photos by John T. Ward, above, and Carl Colmorgen, below. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb crash 030315 1The owner of Red Bank’s City Centre strip mall hopes to put an end to unwanted drive-thru service.

After four incidents in recent years in which vehicles jumped the curb and crashed into storefronts, John Bowers will install safety bollards, he tells redbankgreen.

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RED BANK: CAR CRASHES INTO CHICKEN JOINT

rb crash 030315 1Two employees reported non-serious injuries after a car jumped the curb and plowed through the storefront of the Cluck U chicken restaurant on Water Street in Red Bank shortly before noon Tuesday, according to police Chief Darren McConnell. The driver was identified as Liv Wilson, 71, of Holmdel. No summonses were immediately issued, and the crash is under investigation by Patrolman Matthew Ehrenreich of the RBPD traffic safety unit.

The City Centre strip mall, in which the restaurant is located, has seen this type of crash before, including one involving Jersey Mike’s Subs last October and another involving Cluck U in 2009, in which a customer was injured.

The building remains structurally sound, McConnell said. (Photo by Carl Colmorgen. Click to enlarge)

 

CHURN: PUMPING NEW LIFE INTO FRONT

danielle buccellato 042214Danielle Buccellato in her new fitness studio, Renaissance Pilates. Below, the facade of the long-empty Love Lane Tuxedos is about to get a makeover. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

25 w front 3 050214Pretty much equidistant from the northern end of Broad Street in Red Bank, two new businesses are revitalizing long-dormant storefronts on East and West Front Streets.

To the east, Renaissance Pilates has taken a chunk of space in what used to be Kislin’s Sporting Goods.

And on West Front, a decade of disuse and dilapidation is being reversed for the Red Bank Design Center, a furniture-and-finishes showcase to serve the interior design trade.

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CAR SMASHES FAIR HAVEN STOREFRONT

shutters-crash-1The driver of a car that smashed into the facade of All Things Consignment on River Road in Fair Haven around 1 p.m. Monday was not seriously hurt, a witness said. Details about the accident were not immediately available. (Click to enlarge)