ROXBURY, NJ - The owners of the Merry Heart senior care center in Succasunna recently received township approval to build an annex on Commerce Boulevard.

After hearing extensive testimony, the Roxbury Zoning Board of Adjustment gave the nod to the plan, by Merry Heart principals Blanquita and Maximo Bonifacio, to build the new nursing home and assisted living facility on Commerce Boulevard between Main Street and  Route 46.

The structure will be built six acres that is now part of 16.5 acres owned by St. Therese’s Church and School, according to records. The acres to be developed are at the northern part of the property adjacent to the railroad tracks.

Sign Up for E-News

The site was once proposed for a 50,000-square-foot medical office building and 2,600-square-foot bank project called The Plaza at Roxbury. That project was approved by town officials six years ago but it was canceled due to “the great recession, the death of a business partner and other factors,” says a report by Roxbury Township Planner Russell Stern.

The Bonifacio's proposed 72,800-square-foot, 2-story, structure will contain 96 units for assisted living, senior care and other uses. Two driveways onto Commerce Boulevard and a 96-space parking lot will be constructed, according to plans.

The minor subdivision granted by the township will leave a 10.5-acre parcel on which no development is proposed, according to records.