Wednesday, August 8, 2012
It's an entry point into Morristown that's severely underutilized at the moment.
It's a heckuva way to be welcomed into Morristown. Not that a gas station is a town's crown jewel, but an operational one is certainly a better entry point than one that has been shut down for at least a few years. Judging from the decal in the window indicating anyone born after 1989 would get checked for cigarettes, we are guessing this place shut down somewhere around 2007-2008. If that's the case, people have had some time to think about what should "Occupy This Space." On the corner of Macculloch Avenue and Market Street, this corner lot does welcome people into one section of town, so that should be taken into account. It also has some pretty long-tenured neighbors, with Wells Rug Service and Orchard's Auto Glass right across the …
Thursday, August 2, 2012
It's a big space, and a big eyesore, on Spring Street.
Spring Street is something of an unusual space, especially at night. On one side, the rear of Headquarters Plaza looms large. On the other, a few businesses are operated, though most are closed by later hours. Most people move through this part of town by car, driving either up or down its steep slopes. Though there was once a business, a rather large one, that provided a little "electricity" to this somewhat gloomy road. Forgive the pun. Morristown Electrical Supply, at 23 Spring St., is empty. In its place is large, old building, several signs informing potential renter of its availability, and a question: What should "Occupy This Space?" Given its proximity to Morris Street and that road's restaurants, would another restaurant be a …
Thursday, July 26, 2012
The exterior got a spruce a while back; now, what should go inside?
The intersection of Spring and Morris streets is pretty busy. You don't want to navigate the traffic signal up that hill on Spring Street at rush hour if you can avoid it, especially if you have a manual transmission. It's also a busy place for commerce. You have a number eating establishments, from George & Martha's to Grasshopper off the Green, Dunkin Donuts to Burger King and, soon, Panera. But, if you cross Spring from 7-Eleven, you'll find an empty property that, until a few months ago, looked a bit more ramshackle. Since then, someone decided to give it a facelift, one assumes in order to attract potential occupants. A smooth wood trim and fancy lights adorn its exterior. Inside, there's not much. It's a bit weatherworn, but, there …
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Often, you would find Patch there. Now, what should go here?
It is with a somewhat heavy heart that this week our "Occupy This Space" looks at what, up until a few days ago, was Zebu Forno. As any regular reader of Morristown Patch knows, we had a fondness for this place. This mostly was because we knew the people there so well and felt comfortable spending several hours doing our daily work. It would be our second office if, you know, we had a first office. For our totally biased farewell, click here. But, with this, with anything, we have to move on. Zebu Forno was in a prime location on South Street, spitting distance from the Green (OK, it would a long spit, but still, pretty close). It's surrounded by boutiques, restaurants and is right next to a self-serve froyo shop (so, please keep the …
Thursday, July 12, 2012
The old Mini dealership soon to be the home of a Medical Advertising firm.
Update: In our entire run of "Occupy This Space" highlights, we have yet to have one actually become occupied. Until now. Of course, it was not this column's existence that prompted said occupation, but it's still nice to know it's existence has brought to light that the old Mini dealership, once hoped to become a location for the Morristown EcoCenter plan, will soon have a tenant. See comment below: RevHealth, a medical advertising company which started in Morristown about seven years ago and currently employes over 60 people, has signed a long-term lease at 55 Bank St. We look forward to contrbuting to continued growth of Morristown business and rivatalizing the Bank St. area. Thanks, Bruce, for bring this to light! It was an ambitious …
Thursday, July 5, 2012
Where old houses once stood, now stands overgrowth, rubbish and a sagging fence.
Years ago, long before Morristown Patch was a twinkle in our eye, several Victorian houses defied the steep slope that is Ann Street. That is, until it was time for progress to intervene. The plan was for several townhouses to be built in their place. Whatever your opinion of that, something would ultimately replace what had for years occupied that piece of Morristown. Ultimately, however, what replaced it was ... nothing. The deal fell through, the townhouses were never built. All that has been built there has been massive overgrowth, some rubbish and a gradually deteriorating fence, the only thing most people see as they drive up and down or–God forbid–ride their bikes past. So, for this week's edition of "Occupy This Space," we'd like …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The yoga studio has committed to 12 Community Place; what should take its old place's place?
Don't let the headline scare you. The Commit to Change yoga studio is still alive and well in Morristown; it's just taken a stroll to the other side of town. Recently, the studio reopened at 12 Community Place, home of the former Gallery Egan. So, with that out of the way, we want to know what should go in its former location? Let's think creatively, here. It's near the train station, it's near Hennessey's Washington Bar. What do you think could thrive in this location? Chime in with your ideas below.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Once a destination for Afghani delights, this Washington Street property has been empty for years.
Often here at "Occupy This Space," we highlight properties where businesses have come and, sadly, gone. But, at 85 Washington St., there was a happy ending for Pamir, which moved several years ago to South Street, where the Afghani restaurant continues to do a swift business. But, in its wake has been a building that has not since seen occupation, by a restaurant or anything else. Once something of its own minor "restaurant row–" with Suvio's and Caffe India, as well as the former Colonial Bar, this section of town does not offer much foot traffic. Unless, of course, you're looking for a nice slice or to take advantage of Caffe India's lunchtime buffet. So, this week, we want to know what you think should "Occupy This Space?" Another …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
What once was "wow, what a difference" has become "wow, what a dump."
Once upon a time, people lamented the loss of the family-run video store as giant chains, mostly Blockbuster Video, knocked them out of business. In today's cheap digital information age, it's the Blockbusters that have become a relic of the past. That past can be viewed through the windows of 117 Speedwell Ave., once home to Morristown's own Blockbuster Video, which closed up shop last year. Inside are a number of memories of its once occupied past, including shelves, boxes and a copy of District 9. Though this building might eventually fall to the Speedwell Redevelopment Project, that is still a long ways off. In the interim, its messy interior and broken, unwelcoming interior are reminders that the big dog in the park usually doesn't …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
One half of the former Morristown landmark is now occupied; what would you like to see complete the package?
It's business. It's the changing of times. Whatever it was, for many people, it was a sad occasion when Moore Hardware, which had been in Morristown for almost a century, closed up shop on Morris Street last year. While the storefront remained empty for a while, it has since been split, with AllState Insurance moving its local offices from Washington Street. Today, all that remains of the once iconic hardware store is one half of a hallowed out shell. What, in its place, would you like to see "Occupy This Space?" Chime in below.