Planning board, March 6, 2017: Video playlist from Friends of Televised Access in Morris Township
By Cathy Wilson
What’s next for the 49-acre Colgate/Mennen site?
Probably, a mix of retail/commercial (about 40 percent) and townhouses (about 60 percent), consultant Paul Phillips told the Morris Township Planning Board on Monday.
He presented a “concept plan” for the industrial site, which has a corporate history stretching back more than six decades. Colgate-Palmolive announced plans in 2013 to lay off 350 workers and sell its $18.5 million East Hanover Avenue plant, where it has manufactured liquid hand soap, body wash, antiperspirant and deodorant.
Monday’s plan was created by Phillips in consultation with Township staff, the Township Committee and the unnamed developer with whom Colgate has entered into a contract for sale of the property.
The residential portion, at a maximum density of six units per acre, would include market-rate townhouses in the $600,000 range, as well as affordable rental and subsidized units.
Existing ball fields would be retained, but moved. Permitted uses for the retail/commercial portion include (among other things): Banks, pharmacies, restaurants, health and fitness facilities, gourmet food stores, and hotels. Gas stations with convenience store and “big box” retail establishments would not be permitted.
The Hanover Avenue corridor is a fast-growing area. It’s home to ShopRite, and another shopping center is under construction at the Hanover/Ridgedale Avenue intersection. Township engineer Jim Slate updated the Planning Board about this corridor at its February meeting.
Toggle through the video playlist above for Monday’s entire discussion.
More details should be worked out over the next two weeks, Phillips said. The Planning Board is scheduled to revisit the plan on Monday, March 20, 2017, at the Morris Township Municipal Center, 50 Woodland Ave.
Friends of Televised Access in Morris Township (FOTA) will provide video coverage, and also will continue covering the Planning Board’s Master Plan Review (of which the Colgate redevelopment is a part). See video below.
Interested viewers can watch complete coverage of these Planning Board meetings on FOTA’s You Tube Channel. Portions of these videos will also air (as time permits) following Township Committee meetings, which are broadcast on Optimum Channel 21 from 4:30 – 6:30 pm on Fridays.
Cathy Wilson is founder of the Friends of Televised Access of Morris Township, and chair of the Township Democratic Committee.
Master Plan review, Feb. 6, 2017, Video playlist by Friends of Televised Access of Morris Township