SaveMontclair provides information about the development projects and related issues as well as important preservation activities going on in Montclair.
We inform residents how to voice opinions and concerns to impact decisions. Its very important that our planning board and elected officials know our concerns and what we want otherwise decisions are made based on a lack of insight or information. Speaking out at meetings is most effective since you speak when the topic is discussed and it goes into the public record. As an option, emailing or speaking with your councilor can also contribute to keeping what we love about Montclair.
There are several major projects in "redevelopment areas" in the works currently along Bloomfield Avenue. It is overwhelming to try to understand all the development proposed in Montclair but its important to try to understand the “overview section “of the project you will be most impacted by. This development will change our Downtown Center dramatically, at minimum, by adding density and congestion. Residents should gain major benefits in return.
Keep in mind, a developer may build outside of zoning restrictions in a "redevelopment area". In the current master plan version zoning for Bloomfieid Ave Center/ Downtown ( and Bay Street) seen here is 6 stories and can build up to 7 or 8 if the developer provides public benefits. Below are a few actively being planned now.
1.Montclair Center Gateway, Phase 1 ( Mixed- Use/ Apartment complex now viewed at corner of Valley Rd and Bloomfield Ave; the 8 story hotel ( plus rooftop bar) to be built on corner of Orange Rd and Bloomfield Ave). Phase 1 was planned and approved under previous administration of Mayor Fried.
2.Montclair Center Gateway, Phase 2 police station area
3.Lackawanna Plaza block area
4.Seymour St/ Arts District Wellmont Theater area
5.Elm/New & Mission Area Plan along Bloomfield Ave between Elm, Hartley and New Streets.
In addition, HUMC/ Mountainside Hospital area is also being redeveloped.
See details of proposals 2-5 above and planning board meetings agendas. The public is welcome and may question or comment during designated public comment.
** Note: Planning board meeting agendas may change at moments notice by the planning office without public notification, so if necessary verify topics with that office. Well thought out, informed public comment is valuable to the planning board for their consideration and goes into public record. TV 34 also covers planning meetings live. Although your councilor may not be able to answer questions about plan details, you can voice your concerns with a meeting or in email.
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