Business & Finance

Mystery Company Seeks Roxbury OK for Global HQ

47 Dell Ave., Kenvil Credits: Google Maps

ROXBURY, NJ – A company - one that doesn’t want to tell Roxbury its name just yet - is hoping to build on Dell Avenue its “international headquarters” and employ up to 100 people in “highly paid” positions, according to letters received by the township.

The mystery company hopes to accomplish this project on a 30-acre parcel at 47 Dell Ave. owned by Ronald Petillo/Sylway Properties.

The company last week wrote to the Roxbury Mayor and Council to explain its situation. It did so without using a company letterhead and it did not sign its name to the letter.

Sign Up for E-News

“First we would like to explain the reasons for our not appearing in person and not disclosing, at this time, the name of our company,” said the company. It said it needed to remain anonymous because “in this world of easy access to information, an appearance in person or disclosure of our name could harm the company in our dealings with competitors, existing landlords, and other communities in which we have targeted properties for our relocation.”

However, the company assured Roxbury officials that “at the appropriate time,” it would reveal its identity. “Should a private (not in writing) disclosure be a condition of any approval by Roxbury, we would be happy to comply with such a request,” said the letter.

The company said it was privately held and “in the business of moving high value commodities for aerospace companies and high-rise building facades” and had annual sales “significantly in excess of $100 million.”

It said it has facilities throughout the United States and the world and has been searching for several years for the ideal place to build a new, 100,000-square foot international headquarters. It said Petillo’s land in Kenvil seems perfect due to its proximity to the New York metropolitan area, particularly Port Newark.

“It is anticipated that we will be employing 80-100 people at the facility,” wrote the company. “Many of the jobs would constitute “highly-paid” positions.”

The company said it expects site plan approval and construction of the headquarters to take two years, but it said it needed a favor from the town right away: permission to store some materials outdoors. And it warned that resistance by the township might make it look elsewhere to settle.

“As an initial step in this project, we immediately require the use of additional outdoor storage so as to avoid the necessity of making commitments elsewhere which could jeopardize the Roxbury project,” said the letter.

In a January letter to the township, Petillo’s lawyer, Lawrence Berger of Morristown, said the company wants to use about five acres of the Petillo property for the outdoor storage for about two years while its building is erected. He said Petillo is “prepared to topsoil and fence the portion of his property fronting on Dell Avenue to increase the visual acceptability of the storage to conform this additional area with Mr. Petillo’s previous developments on Dell Avenue.”

Roxbury Planning Board Attorney Thomas Germinario weighed-in on the request in January, saying the outdoor storage is not permitted by the site’s zoning. “Nor does this use come within the scope of the pre-existing outdoor storage conducted on this site by the prior owner, Kenvil Newcrete,” wrote Germinario.

He said Petillo would need either a zoning variance or a temporary use permit from the Mayor and Council.

Roxbury Township Manager Christopher Raths and Roxbury Councilman Fred Hall on Wednesday said the matter should be reviewed by the township Planning Board Master Plan Committee, not the Mayor and Council.

“It’s not that we’re saying no,” said Hall. “I’m very picky about that kind of stuff … It’s got to go to the right boards. Council shouldn’t be over-riding and superseding. The council has the authority to grant this, but we want to hear from the people … that have the expertise in dealing with this.”

Raths said the proposal, while sounding like it would be a good thing for Roxbury, “could be one of those that needs to sit in the oven for another hour or so.”

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Like

Sign Up for E-News

Roxbury

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_4a37ea56427302b4000e_warren_and_rick_acoustic_duo

Fri, August 25, 9:00 PM

Circle Bowl & Entertainment, Ledgewood

Warren and Rick Acoustic Duo

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

Carousel_image_83631ac933d4e817c0e8_got

Sun, August 27, 8:30 PM

Circle Bowl & Entertainment, Ledgewood

Game Of Thrones Finale Party

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

Carousel_image_ba1838869e6786a9d7d8_suckasunny-day-logo-300x300

Sat, September 9, 9:30 AM

Succasunna

Olde Suckasunny Day 2017

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_e5a7492be92be01b346b_af094e3add34d182b02d_for-sale-1726365_1920

Sat, September 9, 10:00 AM

St. Therese RC Church, Succasunna

St. Therese Altar Rosary Society Granny's Attic ...

Home & Garden

Carousel_image_952a22268b46bc860b5d_new-gazebo-300x263

Sun, September 10, 2:00 PM

Roxbury Public Library, Succasunna

Roxbury Library Gazebo Dedication Concert

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_9252e5621a44c113fa3d_racgsale

Sat, September 23, 9:00 AM

Horseshoe Lake Fairgrounds, Succasunna

Community Yard Sale at Horseshoe Lake

Arts & Entertainment Home & Garden

Carousel_image_2222877ebaa21f7209a6_e46d8c1ec45038fb8c78_lhf_lake_loop_2015_paddling_board_participants

Sun, September 24, 7:00 AM

Hopatcong State Park, Landing

Fifth Annual “LHF Lake Loop”

Giving Back Health & Wellness Sports

Carousel_image_5b883c81194468911348_marshall-crenshaw-photo

Sat, October 14, 8:00 PM

Investors Bank Theater, Succasunna

Marshall Crenshaw

Arts & Entertainment

Getting it Right From the Start; Roxbury Realtor Bob Idakaar

ROXBURY, NJ – Twenty years ago this month, Bob Idakaar experienced an unprofessional real estate agent. That’s when he decided to be a good one.

Idakaar, a lifelong Succasunna resident and TAPinto Roxbury sponsor, bought his fifth home in July 1997. A big event, one that could have been joyous, ended up being stressful and unenjoyable.

“I had a bad experience,” he ...

Still Time to Join Other Women to Build for Morris Habitat for Humanity

August 8, 2017

MT. OLIVE, NJ - This week has been set aside by Morris Habitat as a “Women Build” week. “Women Build” brings women together from all walks of life to learn construction skills and to advocate for affordable housing and safer, stronger communities.

Through Aug. 12, “Women Build” week will be going to 18/20 Wallman Way in  Budd Lake. 

In ...

Donations Sought for Fall Book Sale at the Roxbury Public Library

ROXBURY, NJ - Donations of hardcover, paperbacks and textbooks in good condition, DVDs, CDs, books-on-tape will be accepted at the Roxbury Public Library from Aug. 22 through Aug. 30. 

Magazines, Reader’s Digest condensed books, encyclopedias will not be accepted. Tax receipts are available. 

The Friends’ of the Roxbury Public Library ...