Montclair Crime: Robbery at Gas Station, Theft, Arrests

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Crime: Storm-Related Incidents, Theft, Attempted BurglaryThe week in Montclair Crime from D/Lt. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police Department:

Arrest:

08-20-2016 (Exxon, Bloomfield Avenue) Daniel Claudio, 36yoa from Belleville, was arrested and charged with shoplifting after grabbing numerous items and attempting to exit the store. He was also found to have an open warrant out of Bloomfield for $558.

08-20-2016 (Bloomfield Avenue) Mr. Justin Conover, 27yoa from Newark, was arrested on open warrants out of Union County Sheriff ($10,000), South Orange ($1000), and Hillside ($1300)

08-22-2016 (Lincoln Street) Mr. Kyle Johnson, 39yoa from Montclair, was arrested and charged with trespassing after being discovered hiding inside a vacant property.
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Montclair Council: Residents Speak Out on Seymour Street Redevelopment Plan

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016 9:00am  |  COMMENTS (3)

The long-awaited hearing by the Montclair Township Council on the ordinance designating the area around Seymour Street and the Wellmont Theater as a redevelopment area for a new arts district did not happen at the council’s August 23 meeting as scheduled. The hearing was postponed to Tuesday, September 6, because an incorrect version of the ordinance published in the public notice of the hearing. But residents who were planning to speak at the hearing did so at last night’s meeting.

Victoria Ostrer of Roosevelt Place brought up two points about the Seymour Street redevelopment plan.  She said she wasn’t sure why large condominiums in the area were not considered in the collective tax revenue from a large building, and she hoped it would be explained when the impact study is looked at – specifically in terms of revenue from building as and not just their assessed value.  Ostrer also thought it was inconsistent for the master plan specified arts and entertainment district stretching along Bloomfield Avenue from Park Street to Lackawanna Plaza – well beyond the Seymour Street area – while the plan focused on just Seymour Street,  which led her to express concern over another issue.    She said that the developer currently owns the Wellmont Theater and the former Social Security property, while Montclair would allow the developer to use four other lots, and that the developer may acquire the Somerset Tire Service (STS) auto repair shop through eminent domain or other means.

“We’re looking at five additional properties the developer does not own at this time,” Ostrer said. “Even though the Seymour plan is trying to mitigate and limit what the developer can do, I’d actually like to see one property developed rather than six.”  She preferred that all other areas be left alone and that the town concentrate on the rest of the area designated by the master plan as an arts district. Continue Reading

Retail Vacancies Discussed at Montclair Planning Board Meeting

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 24, 2016 7:38am  |  COMMENTS (19)

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Vice Chairman Jason DeSalvo expressed concerns about vacant storefronts during Monday evening’s brief Montclair Planning Board meeting.

The Board continued the discussion of the Montclair Master Plan re-examination, which was broached at last month’s meeting.

At that time, Planning Director Janice Talley had explained that the purpose of a re-examination is to review the land use policies and development regulations, and prepare a plan of action for the next 10 years based on that review, a process that is required to be done every ten years.

At the July meeting, “point persons” were chosen from the Board members to assess each element of the Master Plan, including Housing, Land Use, Historic Preservation, Transportation, and Economic Development, as well as addressing zoning issues.

At Monday’s meeting, the Board members had an opportunity to bring up questions and issues pertaining to their specific areas of concentration.

Vice Chairman Jason DeSalvo, who had volunteered to address the Economic Development element, said that vacant storefronts on Bloomfield Avenue are a major concern. He said he had taken a long walk, starting at the South side of Bloomfield Avenue by the Montclair Art Museum, all the way down to Lackawanna Plaza, and then returned via the North side of the street. Continue Reading

Seymour St. Development Would Be Largest Montclair Taxpayer, Per Fiscal Impact Report

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 17, 2016 2:15pm  |  COMMENTS (17)

The Montclair Seymour Street Redevelopment Plan Fiscal Impact Report has been made available on the Township’s website. The redevelopment plan for the area is to create an arts and entertainment district. The Project is located, between Seymour Street and South Willow Street adjacent to the Wellmont Theater. The plan was discussed at length at the June 30th Montclair Planning Board meeting, which included several residents sharing concerns.

A rendering of the proposed Seymour Street plaza at night.

A rendering of the proposed Seymour Street plaza at night.

According to the report, when the numbers are considered together “a positive estimated fiscal impact of $653,621 results. If the proposed project comes to fruition the result will be a property which will be the net “largest” taxpayer in Montclair.”

The following four properties are included in the redevelopment project (Project area is approximately 2.75 acres) Total Tax Assessment $806,900 Total 2015  / Property Taxes $30,142:

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Montclair Crime: Shots Fired on Pine Street, Attempted Armed Robbery, Stolen Bicycles

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 16, 2016 12:55pm  |  COMMENTS (4)

Montclair Crime: Storm-Related Incidents, Theft, Attempted BurglaryOn August 10, Montclair PD responded to a call of possible fireworks. Two bullet holes were discovered in the side of a residence on Pine Street. No injuries were reported as a result of this incident.

More in this week’s Montclair Crime from D/Lt. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police Department:

Arrest:

08-09-2016 (Portland Place) Mr. Drew Paster, 48yoa from Montclair, was arrested and charged with DWI, following a traffic stop.

08-10-2016 (CVS, Valley Road) Mr. Tyshawn Feaster, 21yoa from Newark, was attested and charged with shoplifting. He was also found to have open warrants out of Orange and Newark totaling $7,700.

08-11-2016 (Grove Street) Mr. Kevin Coleman, 32yoa from Montclair, was arrested and charged with DWI, following a traffic stop.
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HOMECorp Montclair Searching for a New Executive Director

BY  |  Friday, Aug 12, 2016 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

HOMECorpHOMECorp announced today that it is has launched a search for a new Executive Director.

HOMECorp, a nonprofit organization based in Montclair, aims to create and maintain housing that preserves economic diversity and ignites community revitalization while fostering financial empowerment.

Susan Fine, Chair of HOMECorp’s Executive Director Search Committee, says “HOMECorp’s Board of Trustees is looking for an experienced, energetic new leader who is passionate about our mission. We want to build on our successes, to strengthen our services and to expand our impact on the community.” Continue Reading

Swearing-in Ceremony Held for Five Montclair PD Officers

BY  |  Thursday, Aug 11, 2016 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Pictured L-R: Officer Brian Klukowicz, Sergeant Michael Lococo, Sergeant Charles Cunningham, Lieutenant Tyrone Williams, Captain Scott Buehler Photo courtesy of Deputy Police Chief Wilhelm Young

Pictured L-R: Officer Brian Klukowicz, Sergeant Michael Lococo, Sergeant Charles Cunningham, Lieutenant Tyrone Williams, Captain Scott Buehler
(Photo courtesy: Deputy Police Chief Wilhelm Young)

A swearing-in ceremony was held in Municipal Chambers yesterday to promote four Montclair Police Department officers to the following ranks: Michael LoCoco and Charlie Cunningham were promoted to the rank of Sergeant; Tyrone Williams was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and Scott Buehler was promoted to the rank of Captain. In addition, Brian Klukowicz was sworn into regular status as a Police Officer. Municipal Deputy Clerk Juliet Lee administered the oaths of office.

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Montclair Council: Police Community Relations, Trash Receptacles, Infrastructure

BY  |  Wednesday, Aug 10, 2016 8:30am  |  COMMENTS (1)

Montclair Township Council tackled a number of issues at its August 9 meeting, among them improving relations between the police and the residents, a repaving project in front of Edgemont School, and one last look at BigBelly’s pitch for establishing a network of trash receptacles in the central business district.  Deputy Mayor/First Ward Councilor William Hurlock and Councilor-at-Large Robert Russo were absent.

The Montclair Township Council, minus Deputy mayor/First Ward Councilor William Hurlock and Councilor-at-Large Robert Russo.

The Montclair Township Council, minus Deputy mayor/First Ward Councilor William Hurlock and Councilor-at-Large Robert Russo.

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Montclair Crime: Stolen Bikes, Burglary, Arrests

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 09, 2016 2:30pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Montclair Crime: Storm-Related Incidents, Theft, Attempted BurglaryThe week in Montclair Crime from D/Lt. David O’Dowd, Montclair Police Department:

Arrest:

08-04-2016 (South Park Street) Mr. Anthony Catanzaro, 66yoa from East Orange, was arrested on an open warrant out of Montclair ($2,500)

08-05-2016 (South Fullerton Avenue) Mr. Miguel Ortega-Leon, 32yoa from South Orange, was arrested and charged with DWI following a traffic stop.

08-07-2016 (Orange Road) Mr. Marc Milani, 25yoa from Verona, was arrested and charged with DWI following a traffic stop.
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Seen Around Montclair: Topsy Turvy Bus

BY  |  Tuesday, Aug 09, 2016 1:00pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

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Did you see a crazy upside down, right side up school bus in Montclair this morning? Your eyes weren’t playing tricks on you. The Topsy Turvy bus is in town!

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