With a more welcoming council set to take office July 1, Canopy Crossroad now appears to have a clearer path to opening next door to Red Bank Liquors, though hurdles remain.
Owned by Andy Zeitlin and Caryn Cohen of Middletown, Canopy Crossroad won approval of its conditional-use application for 9 West Street on an 8-1 board vote. Only board member Juanita Lewis, a former council member, voted no; she offered no comments during the hearing.
The application overcame pushback by objectors who cited the store’s proximity to the Red Bank Charter School, which Zeitlin had previously testified was about 890 feet away. The school’s Oakland Street campus includes property on Monmouth Street.