The Asbury Park Press continued their never ending Bataan Death March on Redevelopment today citing an appellate court ruling that the city was still within its rights to take 162 Broadway through eminent domain. 162 Broadway, for those of you who haven't had cause to do business there in the last 35 years or so, is the home of the world reknowned Lighthouse Mission run by Long Branch's own religious icon, the Reverend Kevin Brown.
Rev. Brown and his cathedral of chaos on Lower Broadway BOTH need to leave Long Branch. A look at this photograph would lead any sane person to the conclusion that this property meets the standard of "an area in need of redevelopment"--unless of course steel roll up doors on "churches" are now a religious symbol of some sort.
As the LBA has said in the past, we do not have a problem with redevelopment and eminent domain if it is being used for legitimate purposes. And clearly, any area of Lower Broadway is an area of in need of redevelopment.
We also are dubious that the Broadway Arts Center is a well conceived idea, but what the hell? Red Bank seems to thrive on the Count Basie Theater. Maybe we are missing something here.