Manasquan Bank Coming to Former Sun Bank Sites

By MARIA SCANDALE | Jul 03, 2019
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Manahawkin — Construction at the former Sun Bank sites on Route 72 East in Manahawkin and on Route 9 in Little Egg Harbor is revamping the buildings into branches of Manasquan Bank.

Projected opening dates for both locations are mid-August, said Facilities Manger Steve Yarosz.

The Manahawkin branch at 525 Route 72 East was granted a minor site plan approval by the Stafford Township Planning Board in May.

The building’s exterior material will be aluminum metal panels, said applicant’s architect Vincent Wolk. The drive-through lanes will be reconstructed into three lanes.

There will be 26 parking spaces on the 3.6-acre site, said engineer Kyle Kavinsky.

A township resolution of approval in Stafford Township noted, “the board found that the proposed Manasquan Bank will be an attractive addition to the neighborhood, compared to the existing vacant building.” It added that the bank will “provide a much-needed service to the community.”

In an online summary, Manasquan Bank described the institution: “Manasquan Bank has been dedicated to helping our community grow and thrive since 1874 with mortgages, construction loans, business loans, and everyday banking like checking and savings accounts. As technology has evolved, so have traditional banking capabilities and we take pride in providing you with the latest banking solutions.”

Several variances regarding signage were granted to the applicant for the Manahawkin site. They included a front yard setback of 23 feet for a freestanding sign, where 35 feet is required. Another allowed two lighted building-mounted signs where one is permitted.

The approval of the site plan concluded that the plan would have “no substantial negative impact on the surrounding properties or on master plan or zoning ordinances.”  —M.S.

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