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.
Phases 1 and 2: Complete
Phase 1 – 37 Stacked Townhomes
Phase 2 – 37 Loft Units
Project Developer, ETEP Realty
Project Architect, John B. VanLenten, AIA
Project Engineer, Anderson Consulting Engineers
Project Developer, Lofts at Morristown, LLC
Project Architect, Billow Garrett Group
Project Engineer, Dynamic Engineering
John Inglesino, Esq., Redevelopment Counsel
Common Ground, Urban Designer