MORRISTOWN, NJ – Over the better part of the last month, the Morristown Planning Board has made requests to the conditions of approval of the M-Station application, which seeks to transform the now vacant Midtown Shopping Center into over 350,000 square feet of Class A office and retail space.
Last Thursday evening, the Board unanimously voted to approve the resolution as prepared by Board Attorney John Inglisino, which now has 85 conditions of approval on 40 pages of documents.
“We did our due diligence and we tried to do the best thing for our town,” Board Chairman Joseph Stanley explained. “This application is very important. It’s something that people are going to be looking at for decades to come, so we wanted to make sure that we did it properly.”
Stanley added that the hard work of the Board ‘resulted in a much better product than we started with’ as he commended his peers for their dedication to asking the right questions and the attention to detail throughout the lengthy application process.
Project attorney Frank Vitolo suggested in a previous June 18th Planning Board meeting that Morristown will be coming out of the pandemic with a development that will ‘infuse the town with opportunities’ and reiterated Deloitte, the anchor tenant’s commitment to the plan.
Douglas Greenberger, a Morristown resident with business and personal interests in the Township praised the Board on their decision, which proved to be the only voice in the public comment. He suggested the project will bring a positive influence to the neighborhood from those who pass through to the occupants of the building.
“I’d like to congratulate those with the vision to vote ‘yes’ to bring to fruition a project that will be seen as forward-looking and fundamentally improving the overall experience of Morristown for years to come,” Greenberger added.
Meanwhile, Morristown Mayor Timothy Dougherty echoed Chairman Stanley’s sentiments on the Board’s efforts.
“I appreciate all of the hard work that the professionals have done,” suggested Mayor Dougherty. “Just by the amount of conditions shows how technical we were.”
“The scale of impact on this project shows that we looked under every corner, under every rock,” Dougherty added. “We put together a package here that will hold this developer accountable to do the right thing.”
The entire 40-page resolution on the 85 conditions of approval is available on the Morristown website by clicking here. However, Inglesino said that there may need to be some very minor tweaks made to the resolution for the redevelopment agreement. Absent from the vote were Stefan Armington, Mark Gandy, Susan Glover and Gilbert Carpeta.
The attention now shifts to the Council to approve the redevelopment agreement. However, there does not expect to be any action taken at the upcoming meeting on Thursday, July 9.