RED BANK, NJ - The council meeting began with a presentation of a capital review project with James Scavone of the Red Bank RiverCenter stating that, “RiverCenter was granted a zero-interest loan from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs and that loan is to be used for an improvement project to (parking lots) English Plaza and to White Street from Broad Street to English Plaza.” 

The loan is $500,000 which will partly be used for the planning and development of this project.   

RiverCenter has contracted with the Red Bank engineering firm ENGenuity Infrastructure led by Jaclyn J. Flor, President, Chief Executive Officer. 

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Flor provided a detailed overview showing the council two display boards; the proposed planpdf, one with the amenitiespdf, and a PowerPoint presentationpdf.  Be sure to check out the plans and PowerPoint presentation by clicking on their links.

Flor began by saying that they “The goals were established with collaboration of the Red Bank RiverCenter and the Borough of Red Bank.  Ultimately the goals for White Street and English Plaza are to improve the safety; the lighting is substandard in the lot, there’s a lot of people walking within the parking area and not enough room for vehicular circulation, but to also address the tripping hazards, and the ponding.”

 

A first reading of a bond ordinance to increase the total appropriation from $825,000 To $1,400,000.  To review the document, click HERE.

Mayor Pat Menna read two Proclamations; one for Fire Prevention Week and the second noting that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  To review these two Proclamations and learn some interesting, please click on their links.

Councilman Mark Taylor noted that new regulations were recently introduced for the craft beer industry and that Red Bank will have three of these establishments opening in the near future.  He wanted to let them know “That we want Red Bank to be seen as a business-friendly town,” and will support them.

River Road Resident Rosemary Costa related that Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center was now a teaching hospital and, “They have flooded our streets with their parking, have flooded every parking lot they can secure for their use and they don’t want to use their own parking lots.  They own at least eight properties that I know of.  Our streets are clogged between 3:30 and 4:30 with people coming out of the hospital, it’s backed up to Prospect sometimes.  Nobody can get down Front Street, it’s absurd.  Please, please… do something, that’s what’s government for.  Get it done.”

There will be a council workshop meeting on October 3rd.

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