Ten developments, 20 years: report looks at what worked, what hasn’t

A report commissioned by the Historic Preservation Commission gives a history of Montclair’s redevelopment — the good and the bad — over the last 20 years.

Packed crowd voices concerns with Lackawanna redevelopment plans

By Jaimie Julia Winters  winters@montclairlocal.newsAfter 13 months of back-and-forth testimony on the Lackawanna Plaza redevelopment plan, residents had their say in front of the planning board Monday night, with some raising trust issues with the...
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Residents fight plans for Forest Street restaurant

 By Kelly Nicholaides for Montclair LocalFollowing months of back and forth with the Montclair Zoning Board of Adjustment and informal meetings with neighbors, developer Steven Plofker obtained approval in December to turn a 497 square...

Still no developer named for housing slated for Church St. parking lot

By Jaimie Julia Winters winters@montclairlocal.newsThe planning board has made its recommendations for the redevelopment of a Church Street parking lot to allow for six stories of housing, of which 20 percent will be be affordable.The...

Lackawanna mall conversion funding in the ’80s raises questions at hearing

By Jaimie Julia Winters  winters@montclairlocal.newsIn 1982, Montclair entered into a public-private agreement for the conversion of the historic Lackawanna Plaza into a mall, the demolition of the existing overpass on Grove Street and  the construction...
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Does color matter? Montclair Historic Preservation Commission, developer battle over black and white

By Kelly Nicholaides for Montclair LocalFor prominent Montclair developer Steven Plofker, window frame paint color at the Carriage House located on the property shared by The George dominated his points of disagreement with the Montclair...

Will development put a burden on our schools?

Is the development boom in Montclair going to bring a sizable number of new students into the district, which, in turn, could create a need for more facilities?

Town stops MC Hotel rooftop construction

By Jaimie Julia Winters  winters@montclairlocal.newsRooftop construction at the MC Hotel has been halted after the town discovered that mechanicals had been placed in an area not approved by the town.“There is an issue that mechanical...

Experts voice concerns over Lackawanna train platform demolition

By Jaimie Julia Winters winters@montclairlocal.newsWhether the Lackawanna train platforms are part of the national and New Jersey historical designation for the property is a point of contention with the developer who wants to raze them...

Theater district development breaks ground, to be completed in 2020

 By Jaimie Julia Winterswinters@montclairlocal.newsThe promise is that the new mixed-use development next to the Wellmont Theater will help make Montclair an even bigger cultural destination than it already is and also create much-needed parking...