What Should Go at Former G.I. Auto Yard?
Township officials working with owners to attract development.
The vacant site of the former G.I. Auto yard in Pine Brook has become the topic of much discussion in Montville, from what residents think should fill the space to how whatever moves in may affect neighborhood traffic.
Up until last summer, home improvement chain Lowe's was working through the township approval process to place a 137,000-square foot store and garden center on the lot, but pulled out of the project after it was announced Lowe's would be closing some existing stores.
Township Administrator Victor Canning reported to the Montville Township Committee Tuesday that he has recently had conversations with the property owners about attracting development to the area.
"We'll continue to meet and, obviously, I would encourage your thoughts," he told the committee.
Committeeman Scott Gallopo, alternate to the township's Economic Development Committee (EDC), said the EDC has been discussing ideas to fast-track the development of the parcel. He did not disclose what the ideas are but said more information would be forthcoming.
"There's an opportunity here to fast-track this and get in something that would be beneficial to Montville Township, both as an amenity, a place where you can go shopping, and as a ratable," he said.
Meanwhile residents are starting to come up with their own ideas for what they would like to see on the parcel, including Pine Brook resident Brent Jerolimic who started a petition to bring a Wegmans to the area.
In this special edition of Visions for Vacancies, we want to know what you think. What would you like to see on the former G.I. Auto land?