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Proposed Corporate Facility Raises Concerns in Madison

$61 million, 265-unit building approved for The Green at Florham Park.

A $61 million, 265-unit corporate facility was approved Thursday night for The Green at Florham Park, despite concerns from Madison residents and officials.

The proposal for the Korman Communities to construct "The Ave," consisting of one- and two-bedroom apartments for corporate employees, executives and even New York Jets players, was not part of the original agreement in 2007, according to the Florham Park Eagle.

Madison Borough Attorney Salvatore Alfieri said at Thursday night's hearing the proposed project "significantly exceeds" the previously agreed upon height and setback limits for the facility, the Eagle reported.

Alfieri noted Madison officials did not oppose the development, but, like the residents who attended the meeting, felt it would have a "negative impact," the Eagle reported.
carmen A pico April 19, 2014 at 03:12 PM
I am confused how can Madison residents complain about the negative impact the apartments will have in Florham Park when they did not complain about the condo houses that is going up on the corner of cook avenue in Madison in a historic area ,they are a monster in that area. I was born and raised in Madison and I think those condos are a slap in the face to the historians of Madison. The planning board should of thought of the traffic impact that will be in that area. The planning board is turning Madison into a city instead of keeping Madison the quant town we are.
DidUReallyJustSayThat April 19, 2014 at 04:46 PM
That building is surrounded by other three and four story structures. And it will house maybe two dozen people, who can all walk to the train and other shops and restaurants downtown, thus minimizing the traffic load. The building on the Exxon property will face a neighborhood of very average size homes each 1.5 or 2 stories tall, and it will dominate the roadway and northern gateway to Madison. It could house over 200 people and will just add to the mess that already exists on Park Ave. There's no comparison.
Madison Station April 22, 2014 at 07:24 PM
For the people who purchased houses on Park Ave. after Exxon left the area, I say "deal with it." Buying a property near a vacant lot with unknown status is always risky. You took a risk, and lost. No more open field to look out on; now you'll have to look at $61 million dollars in building supplies. For the people who purchased houses on Park Ave. before Exxon moved out, well, embrace change.
Madison Station April 22, 2014 at 07:33 PM
Carmen - I agree with you that the condo project on Ridgedale is not fitting with the character of the historic area. It is oversized for the lot and surrounding historic structures. Unfortunately, developers try to maximize their profits by fitting as many units on a property as possible, and charging the premium for new construction. Other "massive" recent editions to this town are equally degrading. For instance, the new apartment building at the corner of Central and Elm has a parking lot on the ground floor. A blank brick wall lines Central Ave to hide the parking area. Massive lights, in addition to the street lamps, were added to the side of the building. It's going to look like an airport parking lot when all the lights are in, in a mostly residential area. Another project, Walgreens building, is similarly oversized. It is built in the "modern historic" style, using modern (and cheap) building materials with imitation and poorly executed historic accents. The clock is laughable, as are the Japanese style box lights at the front door. The planning department should be absolutely ashamed at what it has recently passed through. And, don't get me started on the town prison... errr, the town Public Safety building.
Aladdin Sarsippius Sulemenagic Jackson III April 23, 2014 at 01:38 PM
The town should have purchased both of those properties for more open space.

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