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Pfizer Buildings Will Be Demolished in Coming Months

After asbestos is removed, buildings to be torn down for proposed retail and housing complex.

After the Pfizer property on Route 53 was purchased last month by M&M Realty Partners to convert the lot into retail and housing units, the next step of the process continued Monday night when the planning board approved the demolition of the buildings.

The Clifton-based developers needed permission first from the Morris Plains Planning Board before the two buildings on the western side of Route 53 could be taken down.

Although one of the buildings on the property—building 170—was approved for demolition five years ago, building 182 still needed approval to be taken down.

Mayor Frank Druetzler said before knocking down the buildings, the asbestos must be removed. The asbestos is currently being removed in building 170, and it will be removed in the other building within the next two weeks.

Druetzler said once the asbestos is completely removed, the buildings will be demolished in three to four months.

Although the redevelopment plans are in its very preliminary stages, the developer told borough officials the final plan could amount to a $100 million rateable after adding in the mixed-use accommodations.

While the exact mix is undecided as the plan only had its first draft, the concept is to have shops along Route 53 with apartments above them, a block of townhouses and a block of condominiums.

No further development plans have been made since the joint Planning Board and Borough Council meeting in August, and Druetzler said nothing else was discussed at Monday night's meeting regarding the plans.

Councilman George Coogan said he expects the developers to come back to the council with more plans in the near future.

Phil Pine September 20, 2012 at 05:51 PM
How come no one speaks off the group of unoccupied 'white elephants' across the street?! It most be going on ten years now that they were built for no reason apparently. Is the asking price too high? Anyone know the real story? I've always felt awful for the folks who have a beautiful view of the parking tower in their backyard! Ugh, what an awful waste....! IMO it would've probably been a better place for what they are trying to do with the Pfizer site or housing or a park perhaps.
clyde donovan September 20, 2012 at 06:36 PM
If you don't know what Agenda 21 is, please start to get informed: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TzEEgtOFFlM
clyde donovan September 20, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Did anyone mention that the Morris County Freeholders are participating in NJ Agenda 21 planning? Freeholder Ann Grossi, from Parsippany, is the county's representative. Grossi was or still is the attorney for the developer of one of these Agenda 21/Smart Growth-type projects at 272 Parsippany Road. Parsippany planning board member Kenneth Purzycki said of this high-rise project, "Even if we drop a story (off of the building's height), it would still have the highest density in the township." (*) (*) http://parsippany.patch.com/articles/politics-or-planning-board-shoots-down-proposed-parsippany-road-high-rise
Rondalee Segui March 06, 2013 at 04:54 AM
Attention: Anyone who worked here when it was Warner-Lambert at around 1975, please contact me at rondaleesegui@yahoo.com.
SockPuppet March 06, 2013 at 06:46 AM
Alternatively, take one end of a USB cord, clench it firmly between your back molars and attach the other end to the colander on your head. The channel you'll hear also offers soothing county tunes.

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