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Proposed Hotel in Parsippany's Backyard Could Get OK Monday

Public hearing scheduled in Mountain Lakes for five-story building beside Rainbow Lakes.

A Google Earth image of the proposed hotel's location in Mountain Lakes. Photo Credit: Google Earth
A Google Earth image of the proposed hotel's location in Mountain Lakes. Photo Credit: Google Earth

A vote by the Mountain Lakes council Monday night could set the path for a major addition to development on Rt. 46, creating a huge issue for residents in Parsippany.

The town’s governing body has expressed its intent to approve a standing ordinance that would allow for zoning to include a five-story hotel at 90 Route 46 in Mountain Lakes. In doing so, the hotel would be in the backyard of the Rainbow Lakes section of Parsippany.

With the intention of approving the measure at its first meeting of March, the council put off the vote after Parsippany Mayor James Barberio, councilman Robert Peluso and Morris County Freeholder John Cesaro – a resident of Rainbow Lakes – asked their neighbors for one more public hearing.

Mountain Lakes has held five public hearings on the matter since October, but agreed to hold off two more weeks.

The ordinance would amend an original version in that town’s codebook, and add hotels as a conditional use in the town’s business zone B. The introductory vote earlier this month was approved 5-0, with two council members absent.

The meeting’s public session begins at 8 p.m. at Mountain Lakes High School, 96 Powervill Road. 

Pete March 24, 2014 at 11:25 AM
Another hotel is a REALLY stupid idea. It will contribute nothing at all to the quality-of-life in Parsippany, and will add greatly to the traffic congestion and confusion. Consider -- you'll have a continuing stream of people who don't live here, and who are unfamiliar with the local roads, coming in and out every day -- and getting lost, not knowing which way to turn, and generally adding to the Rt. 46 mess. Let alone the elevation of the building, or the runoff created by the parking areas that will be necessary for such a structure. Of course, this is Parsippany -- where the construction industry rules.
Dominic Mele March 24, 2014 at 12:00 PM
Pete-the proposed hotel would be built in Mountain Lakes, not Parsippany. However, the Rainbow Lakes area of Parsippany would be seriously affected, since it is behind (south of) the area. Please refer to the aerial view showing the proposed site on Rt. 46 in Mountain Lakes.
John Resciniti March 24, 2014 at 09:04 PM
So the people of mountain lakes are for this? Or is this another gov't pushing something thru that, if educated about, the people would certainly not want. Really, a 5 story hotel right there? Seems like some one stands to make a whole lot of $ if thus goes thru, and it ain't the tax payers!
Lorrie Cancillieri March 24, 2014 at 10:15 PM
Really! Yet another hotel! For WHO????

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