ROXBURY, NJ – The developers of The Shops at Ledgewood Commons in Roxbury can begin revamping the interior of a former sporting goods store for use by new retailers including Barnes & Noble, said township officials.

The Roxbury Planning Board, on Wednesday, said it had no problem with Ledgewood Investors moving forward with interior work in “Building B,” the structure that once served as home to The Sports Authority. One major tenant of the building will be Barnes & Noble – which will move out of its current home nearby. The Men’s Wearhouse is expected to continue operating at its current spot. 

Once Barnes & Noble is moved into Building B, the developers will raze the building currently housing the bookstore. Getting that done soon is important to the developers because they need to begin vital site work – including the construction of a drainage detention basin – where the Barnes & Noble building now stands, said Roxbury Township Planner Russell Stern.

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Securing Road Work Permits

Although the planning board said it has no problem with interior work taking place in Building B, the officials do not want major site construction to proceed before Ledgewood Investors secures permits from the state Department of Transportation (DOT) for major alterations to Route 10 and Mary Louise Avenue adjacent to the mall. These improvements include building a left-turn lane on westbound Route 10 and a second turning lane at Mary Louse Avenue’s intersection with the eastbound lanes of the highway.

Stern told the board the DOT appears to be close to granting the permits, a process that was delayed due to Roxbury’s insistence that the left-turn lane be made longer than the developers initially desired. “The permit process has taken … more time,” Stern said. “The permit is now before the stormwater portion of the DOT. What we would like to do is move this forward.”

Barnes & Noble did not return a message seeking information about its plans for the new store.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the planning board also passed a resolution formalizing its approval of Walmart’s plan to replace its current store on the property with a 24-hour “supercenter” with a drive-up grocery pick-up area.

The new Walmart will be the anchor store for the main Shops at Ledgewood Commons structure. Ashley Furniture and Marshall’s are planning to remain, and new tenants will include Five Below, Ulta Beauty, DSW, 24-Hour Fitness and, possibly, Starbucks, according to Ledgewood Investors and town officials.

Read more about the project:

Revised Ledgewood Commons Mall Gets Green Light


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