Low-density residential development eyed for north end

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Commissioners John Magrini [left] and Bob Mahon [back right] and Mayor Ed Bonanno discuss early redevelopment options for the north end of town with representatives from T&M Associates, an engineering consultant firm.

AVON-BY-THE-SEA — Mayor Ed Bonanno and borough Commissioners John Magrini and Bob Mahon invited members of the community to sit in on a workshop meeting with planners from T&M Associates last week. 

The workshop, held at the municipal building, allowed the registered planners to go over early drafts of a redevelopment plan for two lots at the north end of town, on the former site of Schneider’s Restaurant, on the corner of Main and Field streets.

“It was a really good opportunity for all of us with the governing body to really have a chance to talk amongst ourselves and ask questions of the planners … And to really find out more,” Mr. Bonanno said. “I think it was really good for the public to have the opportunity to hear it.” 

There were about a dozen members of the public circled around the meeting table. Borough Engineer Raymond Savacool and Borough Administrator Kerry McGuigan also were present. 

The discussion focused on Lots 5.01 and 5.02 on Block 3. The zoning is currently for commercial use but the focus for the future is residential.

“Just putting together the draft, they’ve put a lot of work into it,” Mr. Bonanno said of the consultant company based out of Middletown. “The general guidance we’ve given them is that we’d like to see low-density development in the Schneider’s parcel. It’s what we’d like to see in that whole area of town.”

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