Renaissance at Rahway moving along

Work is progressing at Renaissance at Rahway since it broke ground just a few months ago. These photos were taken Sunday (at right, along East Grand Avenue looking west; below, along East Grand, looking east).

Home to what was the former Triangle Inn and several houses along Monroe Street and East Grand Avenue, Renaissance at Rahway plans to build a five-story, 88-unit rental complex. There will be ground floor parking. The development also will eliminate the block of Montgomery Street between Monroe and East Grand, building up to its adjacent neighbor, Riverton Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

The only property owner not to sell to the developer owns the building at the tip of Monroe Street and East Grand Avenue. The two-story retail-residential structure used to house a bait and tackle shop. Signage in the windows indicates a barber shop, T-Liners, is on its way into the ground-floor commercial space.

About a year ago, the Planning Board approved changes to the project, paving the way for 44 one-bedroom and 44 two-bedroom units instead of an initial proposal of 72 for-sale condos.