It was 2006 when the trendy West Side Lofts live-work-play hub was first approved for Red Bank.
But, back then, the economy wouldn't support the vision slated for the heart of the borough's Arts and Antiques District. Still, the project's developer, Metrovation Captial, held fast for it to come to fruition.
Now, with the advent of spring 2013, after tempering trying economic times, a housing market crash, color issues and couple of years of ironing out final zoning issues, the sound of construction is humming at the site. The seeds for the lofts have been sown, are taking root and growing by the day.
When completed, the mixed use development designed to attract artsy young professionals will feature 25,000 square feet of retail space and restaurants, anchored by the reknowned Triumph Brewery, on its steet level. Topping the retail, there will be 92 one- and two-bedroom flats and townhouses, live/work artists' studio spaces, a fitness center and rooftop lounge. Parking will be housed in a five-story, on-premise garage.
Metrovation's Chris Cole has spearheaded design and development of The Grove in Shrewsbury as well as the restoration of several Red Bank spots, such as the Smith-Barney building, the former Funk and Standard and Good Karma Cafe.
Take a look at the above photos for a glimpse into the progress of the lofts mixed use development.
For more information about the lofts, the West Side Lofts Web site at http://www.loftsinredbanknj.com/cs/red-bank-nj-apartments.asp.