The M Station project, which had been scheduled for another hearing and possible approval this Thursday, Sept, 12, 2019, has been pushed back to
Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, at Morristown town hall.
Council members said they received updated plans this week.
“Given the size of the package — 140 pages — several people on the council, including myself, felt we needed more time for review,” said Councilman Robert Iannaccone, whose First Ward borders the site on Morris and Spring streets.
SJP Properties and Scotto Properties want to replace the Midtown Shopping Center, a strip mall with a dozen restaurants and shops, with nearly 400,000-square-feet of offices and retail in two buildings, with a five-deck parking garage.
The town earmarked the site for redevelopment in 2004. Other permitted uses include up to 325 residential units and a 175-room hotel, at maximum heights of eight stories.
Last month, the developer knocked one story from its proposal, from eight stories to seven floors for the tallest structure. The other building would remain at six stories.
Big Four accounting firm Deloitte is being courted as a tenant. The town planner estimates the project could generate nearly five times the tax revenue of the present mall, while boosting business for area restaurants and stores.
Opponents say the project will eliminate affordable eateries popular with low-income residents of the Second Ward, while doing away with one of Morristown’s last free parking lots. It also will exacerbate traffic congestion, some residents contend.
Morristown’s council doubles as the town redevelopment authority. The Sept. 23 meeting starts at
7 pm 7:30 pm at town hall, 200 South St.
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story had an incorrect date for the rescheduled meeting. The correct date is Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, at 7:30 pm in town hall.