Assisted living facility green lighted in Mountain Lakes

by Michael Cohen

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Monday, September 16, 2019 12:00 pm EDT

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The Citizen of Morris County, Whippany, NJ

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MOUNTAIN LAKES – A Developer’s Agreement with Sunrise Senior Living is moving forward after the Borough Council gave final approval to a series of five resolutions on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

Sunrise, which is in charge of the project’s development, had its plans reviewed and approved by the Borough Planning Board earlier this year. The facility will bring an assisted living facility to 1 Old Bloomfield Ave., located at the corner of Bloomfield Avenue and Route 46 West.

According to the Developer’s Agreement, Sunrise will construct a three-story facility that will house 90 units with a maximum of 120 beds, 12 of those units, or 10 percent, will be affordable Medicaid beds.

Sunrise has similiar facilities in Randolph, Morris Plains, Montville, Madison and Basking Ridge.

Borough Manager Mitchell Stern says the plans have been submitted to the borough’s construction official Steven Gluck.

“It’s in the permitting process,” Stern said. “Once that process is complete, a building permit will be issued to Sunrise, which will allow for construction.”

Once built, the facility will include dining facilities, lounges, a hair salon and indoor and outdoor amenities. Access to the facility will be via the existing driveway from Old Bloomfield Avenue, with 48 parking spaces and two-Americans with Disabilities Act compliant spaces.

Sunrise has also agreed to put up a fence along the rear of the building some 26 feet from the property line which will be obscured from the roadway by a thick vegetative screen, Stern said.

An arborist will be retained by Sunrise in matters related to tree removal, tree preservation, buffer plantings, and landscaping.

Furthermore, Sunrise will seek a bond of $34,151.20 to cover costs for site demolition, site work including curbing and paving, water, PVC piping for sanitary units and landscaping.

“We just care what the bond covers,” Stern added, saying he could not confirm what the total project cost would be, since that is up to Sunrise.

The council approved the agreement and water works application 6-1. Voting in favor were Mayor Lauren Barnett, Deputy Mayor David Shepherd, Councilman Tom Menard, and Councilwomen, Audrey Lane, Cynthia Korman, and Janet Horst. Only Republican Councilman David Happer voted against on those two resolutions.

The council voted unanimously 7-0 for the applications on treatment works, landscape maintenance and deed restriction.

Beach Work

In other matters, Stern said that the borough is moving forward with construction on Island Beach.

Earlier this year, the town completed work at Birchwood Lake as part one of a two part Beach Renovation Project.

Should the borough pursue a public bidding process, documents for Island Beach would need to be ready by Sept. 18, with first bid opening set to kick-off the next day, Sept. 19. The second round of bids will commence Oct. 17. The council hopes to award the bid by Nov. 13. Construction would begin early next year with a completion date of spring 2020.

If the borough decides to do the project in-house, construction could begin as early as October.

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