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Speedwell Redevelopment Phase I Closes, Gets Name

Developers of 'Latitude' anticipate occupancy in 2014.

In 2012, the Speedwell Redevelopment Plan was finally approved. In 2013, work on its first phase is expected to begin, to make way for occupation next year.

Mill Creek Residential announced Wednesday it had closed on its purchase of Phase I of the Speedwell Redevelopment project. This land purchase paves the way for development of "Latitude," dubbed "a luxury rental apartment development that will further enhance Morristown as a pedestrian-friendly, destination community," according to a press release.

Latitude will consist of a single building with 268 studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom rental units with a 357-space parking garage incorporated into the structure, "as well as a host of lifestyle amenities," according to the release. The unit number includes 26 deed-restricted apartments earmarked as "affordable housing."

Site work is expected to begin soon, starting with the demolition of existing structures, including the town’s Department of Public Works facility, which will be relocated. Initial occupancy for Latitude is planned for 2014.

Mill Creek also is the designated redeveloper of the next two phases of the Speedwell Redevelopment Area, with the design of Phase II anticipated "in the very near future," according to the press release.

The entirety of the Speedwell Redevelopment Plan, in four phases, is expected to dramatically reshape the Speedwell Avenue cooridor. This closure announcement follows on the heels of .

“This announcement is another important step forward in the ongoing revitalization of Morristown’s dynamic downtown," said Morristown Mayor Tim Dougherty in the press release. "In addition to generating approximately $650,000 in tax revenues and hundreds of construction jobs in the first phase alone, this development will have a significant, positive impact on the neighborhood’s many businesses, which will benefit from access to new patrons that reside within walking distance. ... I am extremely pleased to continue building on the success we have achieved in working toward the realization of an improved Speedwell Avenue corridor to the benefit of all residents.

The press release also noted Mill Creek is expected to soon begin work on an extension of Prospect Street through the site connecting existing Early and Clinton streets.

“Latitude has been specifically designed to blend into the fabric of the existing neighborhood, and we applaud Mayor Dougherty for his commitment to achieving progress and forward momentum on this transformative redevelopment,” said Rich Murphy, Mill Creek's Managing Director. “Morristown has established itself as a sought-after destination that offers an exceptional quality of life, and we look forward to contributing to the vibrancy of its downtown district with a thoughtfully-conceived development that will serve as a true asset to the community.”  

clyde donovan January 02, 2013 at 05:25 PM
Smart Growth-/Agenda 21- type high-density development, with an eye toward pushing minority populations out of Morristown.
Doug January 02, 2013 at 07:05 PM
10% of the housing units earmarked as affordable housing is 10% too much. Not the biggest fan of a CVS going in the location, rather see an American bar or restaurant.
Doug January 02, 2013 at 07:09 PM
A CVS on the street will give the area a "cold feeling".
Sick of the trolls January 02, 2013 at 08:45 PM
That's good "clyde." Next time try to make it a complete sentence, with both subject AND verb.
Ryan January 02, 2013 at 10:08 PM
Why is that too much? Seems like a reasonable number considering they were originally asking for 20%?
Edward france January 02, 2013 at 10:08 PM
That area has needed redevelopment for at least the past 60 years. Actually,you could count on one hand any new construction built in that area over the past 60 years. Why did it take so long? Untimatly the town will do well,mainly because nothing was done for so many decades.
Doug January 02, 2013 at 10:34 PM
The original plan registered with the Town Clerk was 5% in March 2012. The builder is bound to make a bloody fortune anyway on the development. It just irk's me that the people who can purchase the affordable house are able to flip them in (5 years?) to sell at fair market value.
Cameron Wallace January 02, 2013 at 10:59 PM
Why no mention of any universal design apartments? Now is when costs are minimal. Retro-fit is exspensivre in comparison.
Cameron Wallace January 02, 2013 at 11:00 PM
Boooooo!!
Edward france January 02, 2013 at 11:34 PM
Dear Mr Wallace, I enjoyed reading about you in Patch. I admire and respect you. .
Cameron Wallace January 02, 2013 at 11:49 PM
That's kind of you to write Thank you
Chris January 03, 2013 at 10:23 PM
I like the idea of affordable housing, because I am a young professional with looking for some place affordable to live. Unfortunately, I still make more than HUD allows, but because I have TONS OF COLLEGE DEBT, I can't afford anywhere nice anyway. Double edged sword. Gotta go to college to get a good paying job, but then all your income goes to paying off your college debt. Seems really easy to get the minorities good cheap places to live. How about helping the poor struggling young people of America?
Chris January 03, 2013 at 10:30 PM
If a CVS is cold, what do you consider the vacant buildings that stand there now???
BiggDogg January 07, 2013 at 06:20 PM
Doug, I don't think the affordable housing is for sale. Those are rental units. Therefore nobody will be purchasing them and flipping them in 5 yrs.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk March 02, 2013 at 07:14 PM
Affordable housing? Sounds like future trouble. I think they also call it slums. Look what happened to Detroit with their affordable housing plans. I am way out of the loop here on this Sussex redevelopment plan, but I am really afraid to look into it to find out the horror I will find. Can someone in a nutshell explain what the plan is?
SockPuppet March 02, 2013 at 08:54 PM
Yo, john, in the time it took you to cook up yet another of your alarmist predictions, you could have read the article or had an adult read it to you.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk March 02, 2013 at 09:09 PM
Thanks, cletus, oh i mean J-john. I read it again i am still lost, not enough info for me in the article.

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