This Monday, May 14, 7:30 at the 205 Claremont Ave, the Planning Board will continue discussion with the developer of current Lackawanna Plaza plan. The Historic Preservation Commission has rejected this current plan since it requires the demolition of most of the historic station train sheds which are seen as necessary to preserve as a major element of the station. The Planning Board seeks HPC recommendations for development in any historic district but ultimately negotiates and approves the final plan. Public support to save the sheds and atrium can influence votes.
These train sheds are metal archways which were preserved in the 1980s Pathmark development and frame the atrium which was created. Preservationist and architects have provided proposals to save these sheds and the atrium for an indoor market and public gathering place, however the developer is expected to continue to ask for this current plan siting the need for additional parking for the new supermarket. See article and photo of the atrium here...https://baristanet.com/2018/04/montclair-hpc-to-developers-hands-off-lackawanna-plaza-train-shed/
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