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Deputy Mayor Joanne Veech Speaks On Much Anticipated Randolph Development

Wendi Manderioli

Friday, January 3, 2014 • 11:24pm

RANDOLPH, NJ- On Jan. 1 at the town reorganization meeting, Deputy Mayor Joanne Veech spoke about Randolph’s much anticipated development projects, as well as the township’s expanding areas of open space. Veech expressed that “There is an amazing balance between the two that we in Randolph enjoy—smart development and open space.”

The Projects she summarized listed below will add ratables to our tax base, according to Veech:

“Brightview” will consist of 125 independent and assisted living units on Quaker Church in the Mt. Fern section of Randolph. They plan to break ground this winter and estimate 15 months to complete.

“Kushner”, also known as “Kensington Square”, resulted from negotiations involving the developer, neighbors and the township. They plan to build 105 luxury condominium units off Brookside, 30% with first-floor master bedrooms. This project will go in front of the planning board this winter and a ground breaking is anticipated by summer.

“The Grecco property” also known as the “Shoppes at Randolph” on route 10 holds 80,000 square feet of retail space. They are still looking for the right anchor store tenant and will begin construction once a lease is signed.

“The Performance Ford Dealership” is proposing to expand across route 10.

“The Heller Site”, also known as “Mark’s Corner” on the corner of Sussex Turnpike and Hanover, won’t go to lease until the county begins construction on the realignment and widening of Sussex Turnpike, which is planned to take place this coming summer (more details to follow from Randolph TAP). The owner hopes to break ground while the county begins work on the road. “The long awaited county work will allow for re-development of the center of Mt. Freedom,” according to Veech.

The new commercial center, “Randolph Commons” behind the Randolph Diner, was the first phase of redevelopment for this visible route 10 corner. Phase two, the reconstruction and expansion of the diner building, is scheduled to undergo construction in 2014.

A new Walgreen’s Pharmacy adjacent to the diner on Route 10 is beginning the Planning Board process at this time.

“Heritage 55” consists of thirty one age restricted homes on Calais Road. This project has had a number if hurdles to clear involving the developers and the original owners of the site. It is hoped that the outstanding issues will be resolved in the next few months, to allow this long stalled project to move forward in 2014.

Last, there will be construction of a new point of access in and out of the County College of Morris on Route 10. While only east bound “in” and west bound “out” flow of traffic will be provided by the new entrance, the direct highway access will provide significant relief for route 10 intersections at Center Grove and Dover Chester, especially during rush hours.

Veech concluded stating that “Randolph’s development as a whole is nearing its end.” She reiterated the wonderful balance of Randolph by listing areas of open space still preserved by the town:

The Township has a total of 3,500 acres of open space with 20 miles of trails. Over 1,500 acres of this is township owned space, 734 acres of county park land (James Andrews County Park and Hedden County Park), 532 acres ownded by MCMUA (Allamatong Wellfields, Randolph’s source of public water), and over 330 acres of conservation easements (Clyde Potts Watershed and Reservoir Lands).

The open space also includes 159 acres of preserved land, privately owned and associated with the Heritage 55 development initiative on Calais, 16 acres of Mendham township owned and preserved open space, 15 acres of state preserved open space (The Black River Preserve), and the latest addition of 90 acres on Calais Road, known as “90 Acres” which may soon become home to the “Randolph Community Garden.”

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