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Warehouses Proposed for Former Quarry Site in Roxbury
Warehouses Proposed for Former Quarry Site in Roxbury
Warehouses Proposed for Former Quarry Site in Roxbury

Published on: 03/29/2023


ROXBURY, NJ – A former quarry site in Landing would become home to two warehouses, a flexible industrial/office building, a couple of houses and other additions under a proposal being reviewed by Roxbury officials.

The “Parkview Business Center” would be built on land that formerly housed the McNair stone quarry, a business that began in the early 1960s and closed in 2013, according to documents. The applicants for the project are Accordia Realty Assets LLC, of Fairfield, and Park View Business Property LLC of Kenvil.

The site is about 138 acres, which would be subdivided into seven lots.

On about 58 acres, the applicants envision a 397,000-square-foot warehouse that would have 69 loading docks, 248 car parking spaces, 130 trailer parking spaces and four drive-in doors.

A 195,000-square-foot warehouse would be built on a 49-acre section. This would have 37 loading docks, 126 car parking spaces, 52 trailer parking spaces and two drive-in doors.

The proposed flex building would be about 59,000 square feet and built on a 17-acre lot. It would have 100 car parking spaces and 51 “banked car parking spaces,” according to the proposal. “A flex building allows for a wider range of industrial and office uses and is easier to retrofit than a typical warehouse building,” say the documents.

An existing 6,500-square-foot building would remain but be expanded by about 2,700-square feet. It would have 27 car parking spaces. A cellular communications tower on the property would also remain.

The applicants also want to build two single-family houses on the land, both about 3,000 square feet in size.

Open Land

“Today, the site consists of a cleared, graveled area above the former quarry in the center of the site and historically wooded areas at the western area of the site,” says the application. “A landscape contractor (Tree King) conducts mulching operations and equipment storage in a small area at the eastern edge of the site that continues to the present day. Another contractor (Nordic) occupies and uses the industrial building and surrounding property located at the southeast corner of the site.

Cars would enter and exit the site via a driveway on Ledgewood-Landing Road. Trucks would do so via Lenel Road.

Langan, an engineering consulting firm, says the complex will not significantly alter traffic operations during weekday peak hours “with the exception of the minor left-turn movement exiting the Ledgewood Landing Road passenger vehicle site driveway.”

However, the firm recommends improvements at the intersections of Landing Road at North Frontage Road and Lenel Road at North Frontage Road to accommodate large trucks going through the intersections.

The estimated number of employees is approximately 350, based on the square footage of warehouse, flex building and industrial/office space.

A Million Bucks in Taxes

The nonresidential and accessory improvements at the project site have an estimated market value of approximately $52.8 million, while the two single-family residential dwellings each have an estimated market value of approximately $500,000.

The projected tax revenue from the project is approximately $1.3 million, with approximately $335,000 for municipal general, library and open space purposes, and approximately $850,000 for the school district tax revenue. The two single-family dwellings are expected to result in a minimal fiscal impact on the school district, say the applicants.

To build Parkview Business Center, Accordia Realty and Park View Business Property will need to secure a number of waivers and variances from Roxbury land use regulations. It appears the main hurdle will relate to the size of the larger warehouse: “50,000 square foot maximum floor area permitted per building, 396,642 square feet of floor area proposed,” says one of the application forms.

The application, under review by the township's planning and engineering departments, has yet to be put on Roxbury Planning Board's agenda. The board recently began hearings on Hartz Mountain Industries' proposal to build warehouses on a section of the former Hercules Powder Works site in Kenvil.

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Author :Fred J. Aun

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