SPRING LAKE — Final design plans for Spring Lake’s downtown business district were proposed by borough planner, Jennifer Beahm, at the borough workshop meeting Tuesday night.
Borough Councilmen Joseph Erbe and Matthew Sagui have worked with Ms. Beahm over the course of the last year and a half on the downtown planning committee, the committee in charge of creating design guidelines for the downtown business district.
“This is a template,” said Councilman Erbe, when introducing the plans to the council.
Borough consulting architect Joseph Walker presented initial design plans for Spring Lake’s business district in September of 2021. The plans presented by Ms. Beahm Tuesday included further refinements.
Ms. Beahm clarified that downtown design standards are meant to serve as “guidelines” for business buildings on Third Avenue.
“Anything that’s there now [businesses on Third Ave.] will remain; however, should a facade be changed, these [design standards] could help guide an aesthetic that the committee approved,” said Ms. Beahm.
She relayed that the committee proposed five different architectural building styles: Victorian Revival, Tudor Revival, Georgian Revival, Italianate and Shingle Style – “preferred styles” identified by the committee as upholding Spring Lake’s architectural charm.
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