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Whole Foods Market Proposal Focus of Mt. Lakes Discussion

Parsippany's neighbor to the west took up the issue of the controversial development plan Monday.

The proposal to develop the wooded Waterview Plaza and place a Whole Foods Market and a townhome community there has sparked heated debate in Parsippany. And it appears there are concerns about the project in nearby Mountain Lakes as well.

The Mountain Lakes Borough Council met Monday night in executive (closed) session to discuss a resolution concerning "possible litigation/negotiation relating to [the] development plan of [the] adjacent municipality."

Borough Manager Robert Tovo told Patch that "this [was] simply a discussion," and no action was taken.

Tovo would not comment further on the matter, except to say that more will be known once the discussion goes before the public. He said an open council session allowing the public to hear about and weigh in on the Waterview proposal will be scheduled in the near future.

Under the prospective plan before the Planning Board, a 26-acre mixed-use development including retail establishments including the high-end Whole Foods Market, other merchants (Target has been rumored) and a community of 72 upscale, three-story townhouses.

Numerous Parsippany residents, mostly from the Intervale area, have packed Town Hall to speak out against the project at two recent Planning Board meetings. Citizens cited concerns regarding the proposal, including the problems they fear will come from increased traffic, school overcrowding, the possibility of crime and other quality of life issues.

The Planning Board, after hearing testimony on the application, will make a recommendation to the Parsippany Township Council, which ultimately will decide whether the development will go forward.

Dave Phillips December 12, 2012 at 01:12 PM
If Mt Lakes homeowners value their quality of life, they need to do what they can to deny this "proposal".
Pete December 12, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Quality of life, yes. But also the value of their homes and properties. There are lots of deep pockets in Mountain Lakes and once the lawyers get involved, this issue is likely to go away quietly. It's not as though we need a supermarket every two miles, after all.
Margaret Filippello December 12, 2012 at 03:07 PM
I want Whole Foods in my town. I've lived here over 50 years and seen worse as far as development. I think some people just enjoy complaining about anything.
DMHerinya December 12, 2012 at 04:11 PM
I wouldn't mind a Whole Foods in Parsippany, but I would much rather see them do the right thing and repurpose a vacant structure, such as the old Michaels. What is the point of continuing to develop natural land while the city is littered with vacant buildings? Having seen worse development in the past 50 years, I would think you'd be even more fired up to have more unnecessary developing curtailed.
Parsippany Taxpayer December 12, 2012 at 05:05 PM
Margaret -- while we have seen far worst why accept anything less than the best? Why settle for a zoning change to depreciate existing home values and add additional traffic to an already horrible traffic area coming west on 46 in peak hours? I think people like you just like to cough this up as people complaining without doing any due diligence of research on the matter. Just another idiot with an opinion with nothing to go on.
Parsippany Taxpayer December 12, 2012 at 05:08 PM
3 story down scale apartment complexes is more like it. How can you zone townhomes when the subdivision is rated as office space and next to an upscale single family neighborhood. Greasing the political wheel is the only way I see how. I guess the mayor is trying to set himself up before he gets voted out of office here in 10 months in Parsippany. Claims to be the hometown kid that was born and raised int he area but his agenda isn't taking care of his town that is for sure.
clyde donovan December 12, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Why should Mt. Lakes care? They get all the benefit and the people of Parsippany get another royal screwing by the politicians.
Sick of the trolls December 12, 2012 at 08:59 PM
Oh, RC, umad bro? Someone posting a comment that isn't part of the accepted outrage and anger against this project getting you all riled up? At least she has the guts to use her real name to state her opinion. Why don't you try spellchecking your comments, "we have seen far worst." Who's the idiot now?
Sick of the trolls December 12, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Yeah, RC, they're probably going to put in slums. Better leave now. You should move far away, like to Minnesota. I hear there's plenty of reality out there. Just ask Michele Bachmann. Or you could go to Texas. They like to make up their own reality, if Rick Perry is any indication. You could go check it for them.
Sick of the trolls December 12, 2012 at 09:03 PM
Sorry, "clyde," but this is a democracy. We don't have any royals to do screwing around here. Can I get a harrumph? No? Well you're no fun.
Ephraim Fithian December 12, 2012 at 10:08 PM
You don't need another Whole Foods Market there. Send it up to the Lehigh Valley. We have plenty of space and no competition for WFM.
John December 12, 2012 at 11:36 PM
Margaret, This about a lot more than just a Whole Foods. There are 2 other retail complexes being proposed, as well as 72 townhouses. While the facility will be visible from rte 46, access to these developments will be from a residential street and an existing roadway that was meant to service office buildings. I encourage you to attend the town hall meeting on December 17th to learn more. This plan redefines the term "high density".
Marnie Krooss Vyff December 17, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Whole Foods is not what it is cracked up to be. The organic consumers have boycotted the store for misrepresentation of certain products and for selling genetically modified foods. They became a large chain by buying out local health food stores and thereby taking over the market. On top of all this the president of Whole Foods has been caught bad-mouthing competitors in the online community.
Marnie Krooss Vyff December 17, 2012 at 05:15 PM
There are a lot of large empty stores right now on this strip of Route 46. Lets fill them up first before we raze more woodlands. These woodlands hold essential life sustaining value.
Marnie Krooss Vyff December 17, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Whole Foods isn't even guaranteed to be a tenant. Their name could just be being used to make this process go faster. Last time I heard of this, 5 or 7 years ago, it was Trader Joes that supposedly was going to be there.
Parsippany Taxpayer December 18, 2012 at 08:56 PM
I could just smell the corruption in the Town meeting that was cancelled last night due to the large crowd of the Intervale section there opposing the corrupt politicians looking to do an illegal rezoning... http://www.npgop.org/wordpress/?p=540 Not like we didn't have this corruption 10 years ago. And what did they get but a slap on the wrist? The one person involved in his 80s got parole because he was too old to serve in prison -- whatever happened to if you do the crime you do the time. I am so glad the Parisppany mayor is up to be voted out of office in 2013. Nothing but an incompetent worthless crook claiming to be the hometown kid who cares.

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