Market & Bank Redevelopment

Morristown, NJ

The final phase of an ambitious redevelopment plan that transformrmed the downtown was the most challenging, requiring innovative solutions. 


For a number of reasons, the last three parcels of the lauded Epstein’s Redevelopment project continued to languish almost a decade after redevelopment transformed the surrounding neighborhood.   Physical conditions including irregular (triangular) shape, topography and adjacent roadways created significant design challenges.  These conditions drove increased construction costs that, in the context of a slow economic recovery, created a recipe for continued divestment and decay. As planners for the Town of Morristown, Topology worked with the property owner and two redevelopers to identify a program and design strategy that created beautiful buildings and needed public benefits.

Key Insight:  projects don’t always materialize as initially expected, therefore flexibility among planners and their plans provides the private-sector an opportunity to respond to ever-evolving market conditions. 

Type
Redevelopment Plan
Role
Municipal Planner
Public Benefits

Sidewalks / Streetscape

10 Off-Site Affordable Housing Units

Pedestrian Plaza

1% for Public Art

Program

Phase 1 - 45,000 SF Class A Office

Phase 2 - Mixed Use (retail / residential) 

 
Status

Phase 1 - Completed February 2017

Phase 2 - Ongoing  
Project Partners

Marchetto Higgins Stieve, Project Architect

Bohler Engineering, Project Engineer

John Inglesino, Esq., Town Redevelopment Counsel

Hampshire Companies, Phase 1 Developer

Vertical Realty/Stolar Capital, Phase 2 Developer