Morris Street Redevelopment

Morristown, NJ

Two former industrial properties sat vacant for years until they were converted into an integrated neighborhood asset.

A former metal scrap yard and defunct telephone building languished for well over a decade, nestled between residential backyards and an elevated rail embankment.  Unique physical conditions, such as a lack of road frontage, a sloping rail embankment, and adjacent residences created design challenges.  Complicating matters was a complex relationship between two adjacent owners.

As planners for the Town of Morristown, Topology, in collaboration with Common Ground Design, developed a vision for a new community that integrated with the surrounding neighborhood fabric.  The concept inspired a renewed collaboration amongst the two owners.  The result is a project that established a new model for infill development.

Key Insight:  the difficulty of coordinating multiple-redevelopers on one project should not be underestimated.  Under such circumstances, planners can create value by offering creative solutions that align multiple bottom-lines and keep good projects moving. 

Redevelopment Plan
Municipal Planner
Public Benefits

Phases 1 and 2:  Complete 


Phase 1 - 37 Stacked Townhomes

Phase 2 - 37 Loft Units  
Project Team

Phase 1:

Project Developer, ETEP Realty

Project Architect, John B. VanLenten, AIA

Project Engineer, Anderson Consulting Engineers


Phase 2:

Project Developer, Lofts at Morristown, LLC

Project Architect, Billow Garrett Group

Project Engineer, Dynamic Engineering



John Inglesino, Esq., Redevelopment Counsel

Common Ground, Urban Designer