Red Bank Says No to Third 7-Eleven
RED BANK — A proposal to open the third 7-Eleven convenience store in the borough was denied Thursday night by the Zoning Board of Adjustment, which cited traffic safety concerns and the effect on the nearby neighborhood.
The decision came after a series of hearings over nine months. All seven voting members voted to deny the application.
The application by 390 Red Bank LLC has been through multiple public hearings since January and proposes to demolish a car wash at the Shell gas station at the corner of Newman Springs Road and Shrewsbury Avenue.
Four board members who commented before the decision said they believed the plan was too dense for the corner lot at the busy intersection. Several also commented about the safety issue of allowing customers to make left turns out of the proposed gas station and 7-Eleven, a concern raised by residents who opposed the plan.
Chairwoman Lauren Nicosia said while a gas station has been there for 30 years, “things have changed” and “having a 7-Eleven would be too much for the neighborhood.”
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