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Planning Board Announcements: New Business for Old Stop and Shop; Luzzi Resigns

Councilman John Schon, Councilman Gil Gibbs, Mayor Molly Whilesmith, Township Manager Bill Close, Councilwoman Christine Quinn, Deputy Mayor Jerry Murphy. Credits: Jennifer Dericks

SPARTA, NJ – At the Sparta Township Council meeting on Tuesday night, Mayor Molly Whilesmith explained they would be acting on a suggestion made by Deputy Mayor Jerry Murphy.  In an effort to share information with the community, they will report on Planning Board sub-committee business at the council meetings. 

Whilesmith, also currently serving on the Planning Board, reported there would be a new business coming into the vacant Stop and Shop building.

“Ocean State Job Lots plan to open in the fall,” she said.  “They doing asbestos mitigation and extensive landscaping to beautify the building and the grounds.”  The Sparta location would be one of Ocean State’s three new sites in New Jersey.

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Whilesmith explained the how it came to be: “Katie Cavanaugh, who currently lives in Rhode Island and is the daughter of Tom and Lynn Cavanaugh of Sussex Mills, longtime Sparta residents, is a neighbor of the person responsible for finding location for Ocean State, John Barbado.  When Barbado said he was looking for locations in New Jersey, Cavanaugh suggested he look at Sparta; that there was a vacant box store available. They see the area supported by the demographic that they require and feel that the neighboring communities will also embrace the store.  They are looking to hire 40-70 employees.”

Other Planning Board announcements include the news that Richard Luzzi has resigned from that board.  The resignation brings the total vacancies to two seats. Additionally, one of the two alternate positions is vacant. The remaining alternate will now move into the committee seat. This leaves one vacant committee position and two vacant alternate positions. Whilesmith said they would publicize the vacancies to the community. Councilwoman Quinn reminded the council that in past discussion on this topic, they agreed to do this in order to solicit interested volunteers from the community. 

New sign requests are often an indication of a new business coming into the town.  Flowers in the Attic, a florist from Newton, has put in a requste for the store currently occupied by Garlic and Oil. 

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