Wednesday, January 2, 2013
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…
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Councilwoman Rebecca Feldman, however, expressed displeasure with the plan before casting the lone 'no' vote Thursday night.
An amendment to Phase IV of the Speedwell Redevelopment Plan allowing a CVS Pharmacy to be built on the site of a former used car dealership was approved Thursday night, but not before one council member let her disappoval be known. Rebecca Feldman, the lone Independent council member among the majority of Democrats and one Republican, cast the only "no" vote for a project the First Ward representative said the town had rushed too quickly to approve, fearing nothing else would come along. "There is a sense of desperation surrounding the way this decision is being made—a fear that a long-vacant property will remain empty," Feldman read from a prepared statement. "In reality, within six months of our signing Mill Creek’s redevelopment …
Friday, December 7, 2012
Planning Board said it conforms with town Master Plan; scheduled to again go before Redevelopment Agency Dec. 13 for final adoption.
An amendment to Phase IV of the Speedwell Redevelopment Plan moved another step forward Thursday night when the Planning Board deemed plans for a CVS Pharmacy at the corner of Speedwell Avenue and Spring Street conformed to the town's Master Plan. All but one attending Planning Board members approved sending the plan again before the town's Redevelopment Agency, where it is expected to be approved on Dec. 13. Board member Michael Pooler, out of town and attending via telephone, cast the lone "no" vote. Joseph Stanley, Planning Board chairman, said specific site plans could be ready as soon as January. The plan is still a ways away from full approval and implementation, professional planner Phil Abramson noted during his presentation. The …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
On the agenda was a reintroduction of an ordinance amending part of Speedwell Redevelopment Plan, to include a new CVS.
Anyone who was interested in Tuesday night's Morristown Redevelopment Meeting at Town Hall will have to wait a bit longer as it has been postponed due to the winter weather activity sweeping through the area. On the agenda is the reintroduction of an ordinance to amend Phase IV of the Speedwell Redevelopment Plan, to include a proposed CVS Pharmacy on the site currently occupied by the abandoned used car lot at Spring and Speedwell and the old Blockbuster building on Speedwell Avenue. While Morristown has been experiencing a mixture of wet snow and rain throughout much of the day, the real issues were expected later, as temperatures re expected to drop below freezing heading into the evening. The meeting is now scheduled for Thursday at 7 …
Friday, October 12, 2012
Residents and members of town historical preservation commission spoke out this week about design, sustainability elements of plan.
While there is still some time before the proposal for a CVS at Spring Street and Speedwell Avenue again goes before the town, several residents aired concerns this week over the present design. Residents and members of the Morristown Historical Preservation Commission spoke at both Tuesday's Town Council meeting and at the Thursday redevelopment meeting, where an update had been scheduled on the CVS Project Redevelopment Area but was tabled. Marion Harris, vice chair of the preservation commission, noted Thursday that a meeting between developers and her group was expected to be scheduled sometime after Oct. 19, when preservation commission chair Ken Miller would be back from vacation. On Tuesday, Harris said the project "maybe needs a …
Monday, October 8, 2012
Town code amendment to add 'required fees, conditions of issuance of permits, reimbursement of certain costs and violations and penalties' to be voted on at Tuesday's council meeting.
We have a busy Town Council meeting on the agenda for Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall. Here is just a taste of what to expect (you can also view the full agenda with this post).
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Planners, professionals involved with proposed project will be on-hand between 7 and 9 p.m. at the Senior Center in Town Hall.
Those interested in learning more about a proposed CVS in Morristown should head to the Senior Center at Town Hall Thursday, where an information session on the plan is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. CVS has expressed interest in coverting the abandoned auto dealer’s buildings at Spring Street and Speedwell Avenue into a new pharmacy. The plan is aimed at a parcel originally to be developed in Phase 4 of the Speedwell Redevelopment project that would transform the north side of Morristown. CVS approached the town and the owner of the vacant 2.77-acre property with a plan to replace the vacant buildings with a new store. The property transfer could take place by November, and if the CVS application is approved, a new 23,000-square foot store …
Saturday, September 22, 2012
Pharmacy would move into vacant buildings at corner of Spring Street and Speedwell Avenue
The Morristown Redevelopment Agency Thursday heard a proposal from CVS that would covert the abandoned auto dealer’s buildings at Spring Street and Speedwell Avenue into a new pharmacy. The plan is aimed at a parcel that was originally to be developed in Phase 4 of the Speedwell Redevelopment project that would transform the north side of Morristown. But, John Inglesino, the redevelopment agency’s attorney, said CVS approached the town and the owner of the property with a plan to replace the vacant buildings with a new store. The property transfer could take place by November, and if the CVS application is approved, a new store could be on the site by August 2013. To move forward, the town needs to agree to divide Phase 4 of the larger …
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Planning Board meets at 7:30 p.m. March 22 at Town Hall.
While the plan for the Speedwell Redevelopment has been approved, now what actually will be constructed must go before the Planning Board for its thumbs up. That begins at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Town Hall when, among other agenda items, there will be a request for a "major site plan, major subdivision and dimensional variances" for a 268-unit apartment building in the area of the redevelopment site that includes Prospect Street, Clinton Place and 16 Early St. And, while the approval of the plan is only a few months old, plans for redevelopment in the Speedwell Avenue corridor have been a long time coming–about a decade. "Obviously the board's excited to finally get it in front of them," said Mayor Tim Dougherty on Thursday. "The process …
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Here are a few items to bring with you to the meeting.
This is a big one. The Town Council, as the redevelopment entity in Morristown, is expected to vote on the Final Amended Speedwell Redevelopment Agreement at 7 p.m. Thursday at Town Hall. Here are few items to keep in mind before you head in: