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A rendering of the proposed One Grove Court project at Mechanic Street and Grove Court. (Rendered by GRO Architects. Click to enlarge.)

John T. Ward

Hot Red Bank, New JerseyQuestions about the need for a fifth floor surrounded by New 50 units plan Thursday night in downtown Red Bank.

A four-story building limit eliminates the need for height and parking differentials, members of the district zoning committee suggest.

This project will replace the one-story commercial building above. Below, developer Mazin ‘Patrick’ Kalian and architect Richard Garber in the middle. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

As suggested, developers Mazin “Patrick” CallianThe project at 19-29 Mechanic Street reaches over 56 feet in a zone that limits heights to 40 feet.

a project called One Grove Courtalso requires an exemption for lack of parking to provide 75 stalls on the first floor, as opposed to 88 required by ordinance.

“Why the 5th floor?” Officer Sean Murphy Asked Carian Architect Richard Gerber GRO Architects“If you lose that fifth floor and keep it on the fourth floor, you probably don’t need the parking differential, do you?”

Garber acknowledged that while doing so would reduce the total number of apartments to 40, the number of parking spaces would not be affected.

The plan calls for four floors of apartments above ground floor parking, with 12 one-bedroom and 38 two-bedroom units arranged in a horseshoe shape with openings facing north. increase.

An estimated 8 units are affordable, according to Callian’s lawyer and former mayor. Ed McKenna.

The second floor has an outdoor deck for residents, and some units have balconies.

Unlike the existing building, which has no setback from the sidewalk, the Karian building will provide a “moderate” setback, Garber said. It is trimmed with landscaping and set back five floors further apart.

Garber said the balconies would not extend beyond the property line, and the staircase and elevator towers that rise to 60 feet would not be visible to those standing in front of Mechanic Street.

“I think it’s a handsome building,” he said.

Cars enter and exit the resident-only garage via a fob-operated opening in Grove Court. McKenna said the building will not eliminate on-street parking on Mechanic Street, but will eliminate the right-turn lane and add a quick-his drop spot on the court side of the Grove. .

The plan also faced scrutiny over the adequacy of the proposed 1.5 parking spaces per dwelling unit, while the Borough requires 1.8.

Neighbors and other audience members were not available to comment on Thursday night’s proposal. prize.

But Gerber’s and Callian’s questions to engineering and transportation consultants also reflected concerns about the proposed building’s height and parking supply.

Tom Savera, a Middletown resident who owns 11-17 Mechanic Street next to the site, said it blocks “awesome views” of third-floor residential tenants.

“I think there are other people here whose opinions are blocked,” he said.

“I respectfully acknowledge that we as per right If you build a four-story building here, you’ll have the same obstructed view,” Garber replied.

“Development is something that brings some degree of change,” he said. “The building will be built here in some way according to the guidelines set by the municipality.”

Hudson Avenue resident Mary-Ellen Mess said the building’s 104,000 square feet of floor space means “more apartments will drive more cars to the nearby streets.” said it means

Kalian’s transportation consultant, John McCormack, disputed the allegations. He said the apartment will generate half of the traffic attributed to his Court Professional Building, the one-story Grove that currently occupies the site. It is home to several small businesses, including Feather & Line Hair Studiodental clinic, mortgage office.

With peak hour vehicle travel estimated at 10 a.m. and 20 p.m., McCormack said the project would have a “minor” impact on traffic.

Callian also forum, a four-story, 24-unit project located directly across Mechanic Street from the site. McCormack said the actual usage of the parking lot was 1.1 cars per car on one day and 1.3 cars on another day.

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