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Occupy This Space: Ann Street's Emptiness

Where old houses once stood, now stands overgrowth, rubbish and a sagging fence.

Years ago, , several Victorian houses defied the steep slope that is Ann Street. That is, until it was time for progress to intervene.

The plan was for several townhouses to be built in their place. Whatever your opinion of that, something would ultimately replace what had for years occupied that piece of Morristown.

Ultimately, however, what replaced it was ... nothing.

The deal fell through, the townhouses were never built. All that has been built there has been massive overgrowth, some rubbish and a gradually deteriorating fence, the only thing most people see as they drive up and down or–God forbid–ride their bikes past.

So, for this week's edition of "Occupy This Space," we'd like to know what you would like to see ultimately find a home here on Ann Street. Houses? Townhouses? Open space? Anything? Chime in below.

Ed Ramirez July 06, 2012 at 03:52 PM
In case you have forgotten, Polti Builders was going to build 68 Townhouses on 3.2 acres. Quite a task! They wanted to give the town 35K each for each of the required low income units, I think the number was 8. The project was a bad idea from the beginning. The homes ere torn down in a hurry to add pressure to the town zoning boards, but it did not work. Polti backed out and left the mess we have now. We lost a lot of retable’s and a lot of taxes. Townhomes or condos should be built on this site, we need the ratable’s and the taxes. A town of 2.8 square miles does not need two dog parks.
Kendra Arnold July 06, 2012 at 06:36 PM
I'd like to see a community garden here or a dog park too. As far as I know, Morristown doesn't have a dog park -- there is one at Lewis Morris and one at Central Park of Morris County, but none within walking distance of town.
jody marcus July 06, 2012 at 08:01 PM
It's a great hill let's see green sledding/mini ski slope or a skateboarding park.
Kieran Kole September 14, 2012 at 12:20 PM
A community garden is an outstanding idea....flowers and vegetables. Something the senior community on Ann Street might very well enjoy and provide activity and purpose in life. Great thought on having the students at MHS design the space.

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