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

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


Phase 1 – 37 Stacked Townhomes

Phase 2 – 37 Loft Units


Phases 1 and 2: Complete