ROXBURY, NJ – A plan by Lake's End Marina in Landing to expand its business on property across the road from its current site can proceed, thanks to approvals to be granted by township officials.
The Roxbury Zoning Board voted recently to allow the marina to merge several lots on the west side of Mount Arlington Boulevard and use the property for the sale, display, repair and storage of boats. A formal resolution documenting the approval will be adopted in July.
The board’s approval means Lake's End Marina owner David Gedicke, of Sparta, can a building on the property into a boat showroom and 2-bay boat service center. The structure once housed a dry-cleaning business.
Gedicke can also renovate another building - the site of the former Lakeland Deli. The plan is to return a delicatessen to the bottom floor and turn some upstairs apartments into office space.
Additionally, Gedicke can build a paved parking lot for 24 vehicles and install a boat display area near the road. A boat storage area and seasonal parking lot will be constructed behind a landscaping bed and a fence.
An engineer for Lake’s End Marina told the township, in a letter, that Gedicke’s plan "represents a substantial aesthetic improvement to conditions on the site, would affirmatively advance the public good and would produce no substantial impairment" to the community.
Gedicke could not be reached for comment.
The project will comply with plans to upgrade the appearance of the area as part of a planned transformation of it into an attractive “Landing Gateway” area. That vision includes a new Landing Road bridge – now in the design phase – the ongoing renovation of the historic Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad train station, the new Landing Gateway Park adjacent to Landing Channel and the new Landing Park softball complex.
Gedicke is a "citizen at large" member of the township Landing Gateway and Streetscaping Committee, but he recuses himself during discussions relating to his business.