In the spring of 2013, Coty, the international fragrance company located at the Lighthouse Properties on The American Road in Morris Plains, chose to consolidate their two offices and expand their facilities to locate their North American Research and Development headquarters to Morris Plains.
Coty renovated the #500 building, relocating employees from Tucson, Arizona and Geneva Switzerland. While visually inspecting the site, Morris Plains Mayor, Frank Druetzler noticed the close proximity of the Coty parking lot to the Morris Plains Train Station.
The Morris Plains Department of Public Works, under the direction of Councilman George Coogan, cleared a path from the Coty parking lot to the NJ Transit parking lot on the westbound side of the station. The Morris County Park Commission paved the path and JCP&L installed lighting. The DPW clears the path of snow in the winter and maintains the path in the summer.
The path, which is about a 2 minute walk, connects all the businesses located on the The American Road, with the Morris Plains NJ Transit Station and the downtown business community. In addition, the path also connects the East Hanover Road corridor to the Route 202/Route 53 corridor.
This also creates on-foot accessibility to those who work and live near the new ShopRite of Greater Morristown on East Hanover Road. The idea is to encourage people to use their cars less by making it convenient to utilize these paths to walk, bike and easily access NJ Transit trains and buses.
There are plans to continue to expand paths such as these out to other areas of Morris County to connect neighborhoods to businesses, schools and parks.