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Red Bank Commission denies rezoning request

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It was standing room only as residents crammed into the Red Bank City Hall, awaiting the future of their neighborhood.

The power of numbers was in their favor, as the City Commission voted down the two ordinances.

"It's a bit of a relief, but it's step number 2. We still have a ways to go," said James Webster.

Webster is only one of the many Red Bank residents, relieved at the denial of two ordinances during the first reading.

"I think they took the residents of Red Bank to heart and gave us new consideration," said Webster.

The ordinance would have allowed two acres to be rezoned from R1 to R3, allowing a driveway to a proposed apartment complex to be built in the middle of a neighborhood, something Webster says just won't work.

"Ashmore Avenue in its current state cannot handle any more traffic, it needs a lot of repair," said Webster.

The developers spoke to the Commission, addressing concerns about the roadways, property values and sewage. They said they hoped the commission would vote in their favor, but stated apartments would be built regardless of the vote, on the land already zoned appropriately. However said those proposed apartments could come with fewer amenities, if the rezone was not approved.

After the vote, Jay Bell told Channel 3 they'll keep to their word and move forward.

"You know we still have 15 acres to build on and we're going to go back to the drawing board and see what we can come up with. But, we will build a class a project the best Red Bank has ever seen and we're going to move forward with the project," said Bell.

Tuesday night was only the first reading of the ordinance; the second reading will be on April 1st.

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