by Mickey Smith
MORRISTOWN – From all reports, the new Maplefields on the corner of Routes 15 and 100 in Morristown is doing well since its opening just before Christmas and come spring its lot mate hopes to unveil new space as well – with other projects in the area to follow.
Work continues on the addition to Aubuchon Hardware, the expansion will open up more floor space in the front and the back of the store. Gary Baker, who has been an employee of the store since its days on Portland Street noted just the front addition will be larger than the total floor space of that original location.
In other news in the neighborhood, McMahon’s Chevrolet Buick has filed an application to utilize about one acre of space directly behind Dunkin Donuts for a satellite new car lot. They have also applied to use a similar sized lot on Professional Drive near the former Manosh Saw Mill.
Morristown Zoning Administrator Todd Thomas said the Professional Drive lot has been approved, but the lot behind Dunkin Donuts has been held up until spring. Thomas said concerns were raised regarding the proximity of the site to the Cadys Falls watershed. Thomas said the application has been tabled while there is a discussion about hooking the Cadys Falls water district onto the village water system. Plans are also in the works to bring the sewer/water line across Route 100 and 15 to the Sunset Motor Inn and Stone Grill Restaurant.
Both of these changes would also free up other land currently not able to be developed because of water and sewer usage.
Down the road, the Langdell property sits awaiting weather suitable for building. Thomas said Tractor Supply is scheduled to close on the property on April 1 and want to start construction as soon as weather permits this spring. They will be building a store on approximately half the field, closest to Center Road, across Route 15 from Kinney Drugs and McDonald’s.