Israel Cronk, Executive Director for Montclair Center BID, told Baristanet that starting today, June 21, the Montclair Center Farmer’s Market has moved from South Park Street to the vacant lot on Church Street Parking Lot adjacent to Unitarian Universalist Church. The lot where The Kensington is hoping to build its Assisted Living building.
“I’m really happy to have negotiated a deal with the management of The Kensington for temporary use of their vacant lot,” says Cronk.
Montclair Center’s Israel Cronk at site of new Farmers Market,
“Until construction starts on that lot, Kensington has agreed to let Montclair Center and the community use the property every Tuesday for our Farmer’s Market. My objective is to work with people, not against. The Kensington has been generously supporting initiatives in Montclair like the Summer Stage, and other initiatives are in the works,” Cronk said.
Steve Schuckman, Montclair arborer and Farmers Market organizer, adds that while the new location is temporary “as we build the Tuesday market,” it offers the market more room to add additional vendors.
David Faeder, principle partner of the Kensington, provided this statement:
“In one of the many meetings that we have had with the BID in recent weeks , Israel Cronk asked us if we could help with an issue. He explained his desire to create more foot traffic during the weekdays by having activities like the Farmers Market. We are totally in favor of increased activity on Church Street, especially during the week when it is pretty quiet, and offered to help. His request was that we open our vacant lot and let the market set up there. We viewed his request as a win win win; a win for the merchants, a win for the Farmers Market, and a win for a philosophy of cooperation.
Not every idea will work out perfectly, and there are definitely times for perfection, like brain surgery. But on many things it is more about working cooperatively to find out what your neighbor needs and how you can help each other, even if not perfectly. We have found Israel’s approach of cooperation and problem solving, and “how can we make things better” a very welcome relief to four years of litigation.”
Cronk also told Baristanet that today there are several more merchants and that adding more in the near future should be easier with the new location.
Check out the new location today, and every Tuesday, from 1-7 pm!