PARSIPPANY, NJ - A local neighbor and parishioner of St. Christopher's church, who wishes to remain anonymous, has voiced concerns about St. Christopher's parish selling land to developers who are intending to build a 156 unit mixed use dwelling in the woods behind the parish.  For decades, St. Christopher's has benefited from the Township by utilizing the land and church buildings with minimal tax obligations.

Now the neighbors are faced with the possibility of having a large multi use dwelling built right in their backyards, Literally...since there is also a potential ingress and egress issue.  The proposed entrance to the facility would be from Rita Drive, more specifically a home at 21 Rita Drive where the developers are said to have intention to purpose it as use for entrance and exit to the complex. This would provide access to the property from Rita Drive with circulation and parking that would be independent of the church.

According to the application made to the Township's zoning board, the plans may include a mix of assisted/memory care and independent living units. Amenities may include a central social court, fitness center, café, open workspace, outdoor recreation areas, hardscape and softscape landscaping, and a promenade walking area.

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GTP Acquisitions, LLC,is the developer in mention and has applied to the Zoning Board of Adjustment of the Township of Parsippany-Troy Hills for a “Senior Living Facility” on a parcel to be subdivided from the property currently occupied by St. Christopher’s Church. The property is known is as 1050 Littleton Road, Block 166, Lot 96.  

This application is now on the Zoning Board’s agenda and a public hearing has been ordered for Wednesday, January 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building, 1001 Parsippany Boulevard.