The Village at Manalapan, as the project is being called, wasintroduced before the township committee Wednesday night. Asproposed, it would be heavy on the retail, with smaller office andresidential components, plenty of open space and a commuter parkingfacility. No time frame for the project has been announced, pendingtownship committee action on the proposal.

The project has five key elements, according to Richard J.Brunelli, president of the company that bears his name, beginningwith a lifestyle shopping center fronting the adjacent Route 33.That portion of the overall project would be anchored by a majorbookstore and an upscale specialty department store.

Next is what the developer is calling a Downtown Center, acombination of restaurants, specialty shops and boutiques with atown center streetscape. According to Brunelli, its two- andthree-story buildings would have loft-style professional officespace and studios, along with a limited number of residentialunits.

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