Sad story from Asbury Park Press:
Township officials are launching an investigation into why a historic building that dates back hundreds of years was torn down this week.
The building, on Route 27 in Franklin Park, was most recently home to Chauncey's Pub. Though most of the building has been demolished, a construction official issued a stop-work order at the site the morning of Thursday, Feb. 12.
"There may be some beams or posts that are salvageable," said Township Manager Ken Daly. "We'll have to send in some people with historic expertise."
Daly said he is conducting an investigation into the circumstances leading up to the demolition done Wednesday, Feb. 11. Daly said the building's new owner, Nitin Khandwala of Livingston, put the wrong address on the application to demolish the structure, leading to an approval by a zoning official. Daly said Khandwala, who is part owner of the nearby Liquor King, wants to build a series of stores and restaurants in the area. A telephone number for Khandwala led to a pharmacy in North Jersey, but Khandwala could not be reached for comment.
"The zoning official thought he was approving demolition for a different address," Daly said. "That's why the permit did not go to the historic preservation commission as it was supposed to."