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Apartment Building Developer Wants to Downsize

Gateway Commons, a 23-unit apartment building first approved in 2008, would be reduced from 40,000 to 29,000 square feet if approved.

Those looking to see if plans to reduce the size of an already-approved apartment building at Ridgedale and Lafayette avenues will be granted will need to wait until Aug. 1.

Although Wednesday night's Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting ran past 11:30 p.m., most of the time was spent deliberating another issue, with representatives of the Gateway Commons LLC project having only an hour to speak.

Attorney Martin Newmark was able to give the Board an overarching picture of what his clients were seeking. First approved in 2008, the 23-unit apartment building's original specs have proven infeasible given the economic climate, he said.

Approved as a 40,000 square foot structure, Gateway Commons is seeking a reduction to 29,000 square feet. "We just want to shrink the building," Newmark said.

Keith Gianakopoulos, the only witness with time to speak on Wednesday, noted the project still called for the already-approved 19 two-bedroom units and four one-bedroom units, but with about a 25 percent smaller footprint.

Given the smaller size, a rooftop terrace previously approved in the original design would be eliminated and a "green" roof area, which would catch rainwater, would be increased. A central air conditioning unit on the roof would be replaced by individual units in each apartment.

Some aesthetic changes also are being requested, as recommended by the Morristown Historic Preservation Commission, including additional brick facings and less stucco, which would provide "a more residential feel," Gianakopoulos said. "The visual impact would be decreased."

Several neighbors to the project came out, sitting through three hours on a separate appeal. Their questions, however, were directed to Rusty Schommer, the project's engineer, who did not have time to speak at the meeting.

Zoning Board Chair Lawrence Cohen said their next meeting on July 18 was expected to have "a very full agenda." As such, this matter will be continued at the following meeting, at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 1.

alansmith July 14, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Dougherty will let anything having to do with development happen as long as it is Not Hispanic. If you are displacing Hispanics you don't even have to pay taxes for 30 years! The Early St Development is going to be Tax Free for 30 years. Anyone looking to make A LOT of Money should find a Hispanic section in town and tell Dougherty you have a plan to knock their houses down and put housing for white people in. Dougherty will make sure you get easy approvals, he will probably bring you your permits personally
hernando gonzalez July 14, 2012 at 10:49 PM
WOW, finally a white person tells the truth about the redevelopment! The Latino community knows Dougherty hates us but what a breath of fresh air to hear it from Alan Smith who I assume is white! Dougherty wants us gone yesterday.
Patriot December 25, 2012 at 09:51 PM
I am so sick of racial bashing and dividing people and seeing "ghosts" of implied inept reasoning permeating every pore of our society. Get real and stop looking to brandish other people with your own deprived viewpoints. Recognize that Hispanics and their abodes have absolutely nothing to do with the issue. You are just attempting to camouflage what is really happening in Morris County and across our nation. You both are either wittingly or unknowingly apart of it. This Plan is not about one political party....both parties have members deeply ingrained in this socialistic infection. It is Agenda 21, also known as Sustainability, Green, Future Growth, Vision...blah, blah..the Name gets changed as often as its amorphous shapings to keep people unaware and remain under the radar. It is a United Nation initiative designed to control the behavior of individual by restricting the use of cars...I am sure you love to walk, and bike ride, train ride, bus ride, and love the idea of COMPLETE STREETS...just another Agenda 21 Way of limiting your choices and your freedoms. Forget about owning your own single family home....Private Property is Evil....If you own it now, you will not own in in the Future. People will be herded off the land and into the City Hubs. Tiny little hovel type cages in high rise highdensity restricted areas. Electric and gas consumption will be meted out if one is lucky. Everything one says or does is being monitored by the elitists behind this evil plan.
Terry December 25, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Do you decorate your foil hat for Christmas?
Patriot December 25, 2012 at 10:38 PM
Lovely to read your nice comment Nancy...you always offer such terse pithy statements of your awry wisdom. I have missed you. I do hope that your mention of Christmas to me was not any dispersion on my religion. I know you liberals/socialists just cannot wait to erase every vestige of Christianity from our sacred soil. Have a wonderful New Year!
Terry December 25, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Phew, I was afraid that today, of all days, you were going to forget the fabricated "war" on Christmas, thanks for going there! But seriously, you watch out for the U.N...they're...IN THE HOUSE!
Patriot December 26, 2012 at 12:37 AM
Fabricated...Oh really?? Straight from the mouth of a dim bulb socialist! Nancy, don't you mean the United Nations TIP is on YOUR HOUSE?
Terry December 26, 2012 at 12:49 AM
You found me out: I'm a part of Agenda 33 1/3!
Patriot December 26, 2012 at 12:55 AM
You must be quoting your I.Q. Have a very Blessed 2013!

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