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Attorney Douglas Bern of Bern and Associates based in Englewood, NJ, represented The Red Bank Garden in their application before the Planning Board last Monday to change the use of the property to a conditionally permitted cannabis retailer.
The empty lot is located at 199 Riverside Ave (Route 35), and traveling south from Middletown, situated at the west-side foot of Red Bank-Middletown Bridge, previously the site of an Exxon gas station.
The Red Bank Planning Board will hold their regular meeting tonight, Monday, November 6, 7:00pm, at Borough Hall, 90 Monmouth Street.
Highlights of the Agenda
The Red Bank Garden will go before the Board to change the use of the property to a conditionally permitted cannabis retailer.
The site is located at the west-side foot of Red Bank-Middletown Bridge, essentially the gateway to Red Bank traveling south from Middletown, with an address of 199 Riverside Ave (Route 35).
The Garden at Red Bank, a cannabis business, needs a conditional-use OK from the board for its plan to build a one-story, 2,542-square-foot structure on site at the town’s northern gateway, where Route 35 (Riverside Avenue) meets Rector Place and Bridge Avenue.
The plan calls for 31 parking spaces, landscaping improvements and more.
A January filing with the New Jersey Secretary of State identifies the management of Garden at Red Bank LLC as Jamie Dinar, of “Long Beach, NJ,” though the zip code included is for Long Branch.
One of the things we know for sure is that all towns are given the option to opt out of the sale of marijuana in their towns if they so choose. And many towns have already taken advantage of this.
One town that is jumping on the bandwagon in favor of marijuana sales is Eatontown. I’ve already seen a marijuana dispensary sitting along the highway in Eatontown, sparkling and beautiful, all ready to be opened as soon as the legislature could get its act together and the town could pass the relevant ordinances.
The borough, which was first at the Shore to have a medical marijuana dispensary, will permit the businesses on its main commercial corridor along routes 35 and 36. While two new licenses will be made available for retail cannabis, a third license is expected to go to the Garden State Dispensary, the medical marijuana dispenser, to expand its operations to include recreational sales.
The Borough Council killed one ordinance for recreational cannabis in favor of an amended version that permits cannabis retails businesses to open on all of Route 36.
The first ordinance, introduced July 14, permitted cannabis retail on Route 36 east of the Route 35 intersection only, along with Route 35 south of Monmouth Mall. The council, concerned that the measure would not pass because some members wanted the entire Route 36 corridor opened, held a special meeting last week, and introduced the amended version.