RED BANK, NJ: The Zoning Board held their online meeting last night to review a proposal for the demolition of two residential homes and build a four-story mixed-use building at 234-240 Shrewsbury Avenue, adjacent to River Street.

Developer Robert Mumford is proposing “The Parker at Red Bank,” that will include 6,300 square feet of retail space on the ground floor with 25 apartment units. One unit will be on the first floor and eight, 2-bedroom units on three floors.  Plans call for 32 parking spaces that will be accessed from River Street. Density and height requirements within that district zone initially caused the application to be denied.

Mumford provided an overview of his past Red Bank projects noting that his properties have brought in $800k in annual aggregate taxes compared to eleven years ago, and discussed this current project saying,“Our vision was to capture the heart of Red Bank in the 1900’s using real brick, upscale gun metal type of windows, the fascia, the cornices, the details are going to be world-class. I love being on the West Side, I put my money where my mouth is, and we’ve never hesitated to generate quality,”

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Professional consultants that included an engineer, architect, parking, traffic and professional planner went through a PowerPoint presentation, each providing detail as it related to their expertise.

For the graphic PowerPoint overview of the project, click HERE.

Comments from the Zoning Board:

Bruce Maida: “It looks big, and I’m not sure if it preserves the character of the neighborhood.”

Board Chair Lauren Nicosa asked, “If the parking would be just for the residents and not for retail customers.”  Mumford responded, “We have 27 apartments with 32 spaces, we want to be absolutely sure that every single resident can park.”

Sean Murphy: “It looks a little big.  This is an area in need. There’s a lot I like about it, and some things that can be tweaked.  I’m not seeing many problems with this application.”

The next Zoning Board meeting on this application is scheduled for May 20.

To read the entire agenda, click HERE.

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