Cluck U Chicken is about to get plucked.
Morristown’s council heard a pitch Thursday from a developer who aims to replace a Morris Street strip mall with eight- and six-story office buildings, a 1,000-space garage, a public plaza, and a roundabout at the Morris/ Spring Street intersection estimated to cut peak traffic congestion in half.
M Station would be the town’s biggest commercial project in years, bucking a trend that has seen construction of hundreds of apartments over the last decade.
A dozen “Class A” companies, including the Big Four accounting firm Deloitte, have expressed interest in establishing headquarters at M Station, according to Peter Bronsnick of New York-based SJP Properties, which is partnering with the Morristown company Scotto Properties, owner of the Midtown Shopping Center.
Some 354,000 square feet of offices, and six street-level storefronts totaling almost 30,000 square feet, are envisioned.
Bronsnick said corporate tenants would bring up to 1,500 employees to “live, work and play” in Morristown, on an 8.47-acre site within a short walk of the train station, and a short drive from Route 287.
“Morristown is a mature market ready for this use. You have restaurants, you have residential, and now you have tenants saying that they need to be in a town like Morristown.