Looking to bring new faces to Main Street, the Roxbury Planning Board discussed a proposal to amend the Master Plan for Housing and Zoning and add seven new housing units on 75 Main Street in Succasunna, near Succasunna Methodist Church.

The area is a historic district, so the notion of adding two affordable housing units and five housing units to be put on market did raise some eyebrows.

When talking about the amendment, board members debated about what main street meant to the township. But despite the board’s dreams of having a hustling and bustling Main Street,  Councilman Jim Rilee pointed out that “there’s only so many things that can be built [in that area].”

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This plan was brought to the board because it provided a solution to fill a lot that has been vacant for some time and the outcome of which was also controllable by the township in terms of architectural style.

Board member Robert DeFillippo said that the houses would be “an enhancement to main street,” and some board members agreed, with others only giving their approval given the houses would be “architecturally appropriate” for the area.

The plan is in its infancy, and an ordinance is being drafted and sent to the Master Plan Committee to see if it gains approval to move forward.