Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Development foes made their views heard, but did not appear in numbers enough to shut meeting down.
The sight of police cars outside of Town Hall as people gathered for Tuesday's Parsippany Township Council agenda meeting gave many cause for concern. A host of members of Citizens for Health, Safety and Welfare (formerly Don't Rezone Waterview) filed into the municipal building with the expectation that the controversial proposal regarding putting a mixed-use retail and residential complex on 26.6 currently undeveloped acres of Waterview Plaza might be discussed. And some hoped, as had happened during a January Planning Board hearing on the matter, that enough people opposed to the project might attend that the building's fire capacity limit—188 people—might be surpassed, forcing a shutdown of the meeting. That did not happen. Only about…
Thursday, March 7, 2013
The group, now a nonprofit called Citizens for Health, Safety and Welfare, is targeting Council to stop development proposal.
There's a new name and an expanded fight for the citizen's group opposed to the proposed plan to put a mixed-use development on Waterview Plaza including a Whole Foods Market, a big box retailer and a townhome community. Don't Rezone Waterview is now known as Citizens for Health, Safety and Welfare. President David Kaplan said the onetime grassroots effort involving citizens of Parsippany and Mountain Lakes is gearing up for a renewed fight now that the Planning Board passed the issue along to the Township Council for consideration. "We went from Don't Rezone Watervew, which was a grassroots, loosely organized effort to a more formal organization," he said, adding that the group is amassing firepower to allow them to stand toe to toe with …
Monday, March 4, 2013
The Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce presents a free educational offering for job seekers and business owners Tuesday.
The Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce presents a new seminar as part of its Employment Outreach Program Tuesday. The free event, called "Social Media Effectiveness, A Workshop for Job Seekers and Business Owners" takes place from 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Centenary College, 300 Littleton Road. Entry to the event is free of charge, however advance registration is required and space is limited to 50 attendees. For event details andregistration, please visit ParsippanyChamber.org. "At the chamber’s last workforce development event in January, attendees learned valuable lessons about creating a personal brand," said PACC Executive Director Craig Schlosser. "This month’s seminar will answer questions such as: which social media venues to use, …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The Medicines Company has been based in the township since 2001.
The Medicines Company continues to grow in Parsippany. The global biopharmaceutical firm was founded in 1996 and moved to the township five years later. In 2003, the company decided to cement its Parsippany base, moving into new, larger Class A office space at 8 Sylvan Way. A decade hence, The Medicines Company is expanding its headquarters again, according to Mayor James Barberio. In a statement, the mayor said the biopharm firm's move to increase its local investment through an interior expansion of its existing facility shows that a Parsippany business address is in high demand. "Historically, Class A office space does very well even during challenging economic times," the statement read. "Parsippany has the second-largest inventory …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Police officers were called more than once to escort critical residents away from the microphone at Parsippany Planning Board.
The Parsippany Planning Board Monday finally approved a concept plan that could bring Whole Foods Market, a big box retailer and a 65-unit townhouse community to Waterview Plaza. More than 600 residents came to Parsippany High School for a special hearing on the proposed Waterview development. Many stood in long lines for a turn at a microphone to comment on the proposed RD Realty development project. Most offered harsh critiques of the plan. Still, the board voted 8-1 to recommend that the Township Council draft an ordinance to turn 26.6 acres of the tract zoned for office space into an overlay zone. The lone dissenting vote came from board member Turan Ayaz. Certain conditions went along with the vote: The concept was allowed to move …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Grassroots residents group wins nonprofit status, gets serious in its battle to prevent Whole Foods Market project from proceeding.
If some business and government officials think they will enjoy an easy time in efforts to construct a retail and residential development including Whole Foods Market on Parsippany's Waterview Plaza, they had better think again. Citizens from the township and neighboring Mountain Lakes have united under the seven-year-old banner of Don't Rezone Waterview to stop the project from going forward. And now armed with a new federally approved nonprofit status, the group has the ability to raise funds to finance a battle to protect a way of life. Right now, the matter is in front of the Parsippany Planning Board, which will hold what may be the final night of deliberations Feb. 11. The board is deciding whether to recommend that the Township …
Friday, February 1, 2013
Joseph O'Neill addresses concerns raised by opponents of proposed development.
Some of the fears being expressed by opponents of a plan to put retailers including Whole Foods Market and a townhouse community on 26.6 acres of Waterview Plaza are unwarranted. That's according to one of the attorneys representing developer RD Realty in Parsippany Planning Board hearings on the concept. Right now, the Planning Board is hearing testimony to decide if it will recommend that the Township Council approve RD Realty's request to change the Waterview tract's current status as a Planned Office Development zone into an overlay zone that will permit mixed retail and residential use. Should the council ultimately agree to the overlay zone, the developer will try to win approval of its plan to place a Whole Foods Market on Waterview…
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Aerospace and turbine manufacturing firm plans to grow this summer, increasing number of workers it employs.
Metem Corporation, an aerospace firm, is moving forward with plans to expand—which the company says will bring new jobs to Parsisppany. Located on Parsippany Road, the company said it expects to break ground in summer 2013 and boost its workforce. Presently, 170 workers are employed there to build parts used in gas turbines and the aerospace industry. The expansion, approved by the township Planning Board in late 2011, will add 20,000 square feet to its main facility on Parsippany Road, according to NJBiz.com. CEO Steven Goldthwaite said the exact number of new jobs to come is not known at this time. Metem has plants in Pennsylvania and Hungary, but considers Parsippany its home. The firm has operated in New Jersey since its founding in …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Residents of Parsippany and nearby towns voice concerns to Mountain Lakes officials.
The debate surrounding the Parsippany Planning Board's consideration of a plan to turn the Route 46 Waterview Plaza—now zoned for office space—into a mixed-use overlay zone took a road trip Monday evening to Mountain Lakes Borough Hall. Members of Don't Rezone Waterview come from Parsippany, Mountain Lakes and other nearby towns that vehemently oppose a proposal by RD Realty to put a Whole Foods Market on 26 undeveloped acres at Waterview, along with another big retailer and a 72-unit townhouse community. A group of township residents, including Parsippany Councilman Paul Carifi Jr. and Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce President Robert J. Peluso, attended a meeting of the Mountain Lakes Borough Council, where the Mountain Lakes …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
A ribbon cutting marked the medical office's grand opening Thursday.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
S&A Pediatrics celebrated its official grand opening with a ribbon cutting last Thursday at its new location at the Green Hill Plaza shopping center. The office, owned by Dr. Ambreen Ahsan, provides medical care to infants, children, adolescents and young adults through age 21. A member of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Ahsan said she is committed to helping families through office- and hospital-based care. Her practice, she said, offers expertise in pediatric care covering growth and development, anticipatory guidance and the full spectrum of illness. S&A Pediatrics is located at 192 Parsippany Road.