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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.

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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