A proposal is percolating for a five-story residential/ retail building on a sliver of land next to the Grasshopper Off the Green pub on Morris Street in Morristown.
The project is envisioned to include 38 apartments, according to the Morris County Planning Board, which discussed the matter recently.
It’s proposed for 45 Morris St., a long-vacant parcel that covers 0.2 acres. Grasshopper Off the Green has had a beer tent there for the Morris St. Patrick’s Parade in the past.
The land sits in a CBD-2 zone, a commercial-business designation that was amended in 2007 to allow up to six stories and multi-family residential uses, said town Planner Phil Abramson.
It’s a short walk to the town Green and the train station. Spring Street, on the other side of Morris Street, has been earmarked for redevelopment.
“We haven’t received a formal submission” for 45 Morris St., Abramson said. “When we do, we will evaluate it as we do all applications.”
County records list the property owner as the Bakod Holding Corp., which NJParcels.com shows as based at 15 Mt. Kemble Ave. That’s the office of Matt O’Donnell, Morristown’s former planning board attorney. He’s a member of the Morristown Partnership and is special tax appeal counsel for the town.
O’Donnell could not immediately be reached for comment on Tuesday.
The county planning board noted the number of proposed apartments exceeds the number of proposed parking spaces for the project; the Morristown Parking Authority is contemplating erecting a parking deck in its metered lot behind the Grasshopper that might address that issue.
All vehicular access to the apartments would be through that parking lot, the board also observed.
The proposal has received conditional approval from the county, which retains some jurisdiction because Morris Street is a county road. However, approvals also are required from the town.
A real estate site, NJDigs.com, first reported the county discussion of the project.