MORRISTOWN, NJ - The town of Morristown held another workshop to share with the public some of the progress made regarding the Morris Street Redevelopment project. Township Planner, Phil Abramson, members of SNS Architects and Engineers and representatives from Topology, a Newark based planning firm all attended to report in the progress made over the past six month.

“We are very excited to share with all of you the progress we have made since our first meeting back in July,” said Abramson.

Currently, Morris Street is home of many automotive facilities with few areas for pedestrians to walk. With this new redevelopment project, plans have been drawn up to incorporate a self storage facility and art studio on this property.

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Many residents expressed concern regarding not only the appearance of the new building but also what it would be used for.

A representative from Topology explained many of the updates made to the original plans since this project was first introduced. Originally, this structure was expected to be a five stories structure but, after many residents expressed concern,  it has been reduced to four. A performance center has also been incorporated into the plans.

More information regarding the 2,600 square foot art studio in the property were explained by Katie Dempsey Director of Placement from Morris Arts. Currently, there are many artists in the area who are looking to rent an art studio but cannot afford to do so in Morristown she said.

“Something like this would provide artists in the community with the opportunity to really thrive,” she said.

The structure will also allow the community to see what artists are working on because each artist has is surrounded by open windows.

All residents are encouraged to express any concerns they have regarding this project to town officials.