RED BANK, NJ: As the Lee Brice song says, “There’s a rumor goin’ round…”

And that rumor is that the Red Bank Senior Center might have a “For Sale” sign out front. 

Located at 80 Shrewsbury Avenue on a high bluff overlooking the historic Navesink River, it is one of the most scenic centers in New Jersey.

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The Center has been servicing the senior committee for almost 40 years with a stated mission of; “Helping to make growing older more fulfilling, rewarding and meaningful to each of our members, by offering opportunities that satisfy our member's mental, social and educational needs."

TAPinto Red Bank asked Red Bank Business Administrator Ziad “Z” Shehady for a comment and replied via email saying, “At the moment, the town is not proposing anything in lieu of the existing Senior Center.  Discussions about the existing building are ongoing by both the Mayor & Council and the Redevelopment Agency.  As you may know, there is another space being offered for the seniors in the interim.  In any event, a space will be offered for the seniors in Red Bank - there is no intention not to have a space for them.”  The space that Shehady is referring to is the Trinity Church, 65 W. Front Street in Red Bank.

The Center has been closed for a number of months now due to various code violations and needed upgrades.  In November of 2019, the council rejected a bid for a fire suppression as being too expensive. 

The Senior Center subject has been brought up numerous times to the council in both Workshop and Council meetings with no response.

Suzanne Viscomi created a clever time-line video. Click HERE to watch.

The council has a Workshop meeting scheduled for this Wednesday, March 4th and an agenda item under discussion is marked as “Senior Citizen,” but it is unclear what will be discussed.  To read the agenda, click HERE.

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