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Circa-1890 Maple Ave. House Getting Addition, Renovations

Will become new main headquarters for Hampshire Real Estate Companies.

If one took a snapshot of Maple Avenue closest to Market Street a few years ago and today, they may ask if they're looking at the same place.

14 Maple went up several years ago as part of the Epstein's Redevelopment Area, which includes the DeHart Street Parking Garage and 40 Park. Across the street, what was long a parking lot is well underway to becoming Morristown's latest luxury townhouse development.

And, a literal stone's throw from that project, another property is undergoing a transformation.

By the end of January, the Circa 1890 house at 22 Maple Ave. and a brand new 7,000-square-foot addition will become the new main headquarters for Hampshire Real Estate Companies, which is presently located at 15 Maple Ave. and 83 South St., next to the Morristown and Morris Township Library.

Bob Mureski, vice president of construction for Hampshire, said the project has consisted building the addition, as well as getting the over 120-year-old house back into "as original a condition" as possible, he said. The entire project will consist of approximately 13,000 square feet of space, Mureski said.

The plan currently is for 22 Maple Ave. to serve as the company's main headquarters. They also would remain at 83 South St., but Mureski could not confirm whether they would be moving out of their 15 Maple Ave. location.

Two apartments also will be located on the site, one in the new section and another that had been on the top floor of the original property but has been empty for some time. Those would become available for rent at the same time Hampshire expects to move in early next year, Mureski said.

clyde donovan October 17, 2012 at 08:16 PM
I believe the CEO of Hampshire, James E. Hanson II, was the head of Chris Christie's campaign for governor.
Matt S October 17, 2012 at 08:44 PM
oh thats awesome! I had always wondered what this project was, knew it was something commercial, but glad they have two apartments in it
Patch Loves Mayor October 17, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Do Not write anything negative about the mayor or his best friend bar owner on this site or the Patch will just take it down. Open government at its finest.
Moira October 17, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Circa 1890? Cut me a break. Maybe that's where one brick hailed from. At this point, there's not a shred of historical significance to that tenement building.
Morris Towne October 18, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Lol you mad
Motown Resident October 20, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Thank you Moira !!!!!!! So true so true......................

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