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Monmouth Mall Owners May Still Have Redevelopment Plan

EATONTOWN: Mayor Dennis Connelly said this week that he has been in contact with the owners of the Monmouth Mall following their decision to walk away from a plan to redevelop the shopping center.

"I've been advised that they have been working with their architects and hopefully that we will be meeting soon," Connelly said at the May 11 Eatontown Council meeting. "There's nothing concrete yet, but they are looking to move forward."

Kushner Companies had presented a plan in February to turn the mall into and indoor/outdoor mixed use development known as the Monmouth Town Center. In addition to the retail already in place, Kushner Companies was also looking to add a residential component, recreational uses, office space, healthcare facilities, a hotel, a multipurpose plaza area and a market.

The Eatontown Council voted down an ordinance that would have changed the zoning in the area to allow this development to be built following site plan approval from the Eatontown Planning Board. Their intention was to scale the project down, increase buffers to nearby homes and make other adjustments.

However, before the borough's professionals could begin crafting a new ordinance, a representative from the developer announced at a public meeting last month that the mall would remain "as is."

Now, it appears that the plan is not dead after all based on Connelly's comments.

A representative from Kushner Companies said the developer has declined to comment.

Connelly said that when the developer wishes to meet with the council that every member will be involved so that all of their opinions can be shared.

To read Word On The Shore's story on the developers announcing that the mall will remain unchanged, click here.

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