Montclair/Bloomfield’s Alexander Avenue Paving Schedule

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 4:43pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Please be advised that on or about August 4, 2014, weather permitting, Essex County will pave Alexander Avenue from Grove Street to Broad Street during the day (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.) under the Essex County Roadway Resurfacing Program.

While paving is taking place, sections of Alexander Avenue will be intermittently closed to non-emergency traffic. During these operations, access to and from your driveway or street may be prohibited. If you need to enter/leave your home/business during this time (7 a.m. to 5 p.m.), please make arrangements to park your vehicle at another location. Continue Reading

Montclair Man’s Death In Little Falls Crash Deemed A Suicide

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 4:33pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

Little Falls police say a 53-year-old Montclair man committed suicide early Tuesday morning when he drove head-on into a brick retaining wall that backs up to NJ Transit property on Clove Road, reports. Continue Reading

Montclair Crime: Telephone Scam, Theft, Burglaries

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 2:23pm  |  COMMENTS (0)

This week in crime from Lt. D. O’Dowd, Montclair Police Department: Continue Reading

Montclair Planning Board Discusses MC Hotel Issues: Design, Parking, and Everything Else

BY  |  Tuesday, Jul 29, 2014 8:30am  |  COMMENTS (29)

An artist's rendering of two versions of the MC Hotel at the corner of Bloomfield Avenue and Orange  Road

An artist’s rendering of two versions of the MC Hotel at the corner of Bloomfield Avenue and Orange Road

Testimony on the proposed MC Hotel, having supposedly been wrapped up at the Montclair Planning Board’s July 14 meeting, continued at its July 28 meeting after an eleventh-hour hearing on the issue from the Montclair Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) four days earlier.  The testimony, which also included explanations of parking and traffic issues, ended with favorable opinions from the public over securing a Marriott-branded hotel but with urgings to improve the architectural design.  Developer Brian Stolar, having been in discussions with the HPC, was pleased that the commission did not find the building a detriment to neighboring historic districts while downplaying its finding that the building as designed does not harmonize with existing structures.

Both Stolar and architect Michael Maturo defended the design and their efforts to accommodate a building to the acutely angled shape of the property at Bloomfield Avenue and Orange Road while providing a distinctive corner facade to provide a gateway for people entering Montclair via Bloomfield Avenue from the West Essex region.

Stolar said he was striving to integrate elements of design and building materials from historic Montclair buildings into a fresh, eclectic look.   Both he and Maturo said that the objective was to convey a design that would allow someone entering Montclair to project a circular shape from the top down at the corner, with a mix of glass and metal to distinguish the upper and lower portions and a halo at the top to complement the effect and make a statement that the hotel was a symbol of having arrived in town.  A  spire or a cupola, they said, would not fit the geometry.  They showed renderings without the halo rooftop element  to illustrate how ineffective the hotel would be in making such a statement. Continue Reading

Wall Street Journal: Montclair’s Wellmont Theater “For Sale”

BY  |  Monday, Jul 28, 2014 1:43pm  |  COMMENTS (29)

wellmont theaterBack in 2007, the Rosen Group bought the historic Wellmont and followed through on plans to convert the movie house into a concert venue. Now the property is for sale, The Wall Street Journal reports, with a $6.7 million asking price. Continue Reading

Open Thread: Finally Fireworks, John Stamos in Montclair, Summer Vacation and More

BY  |  Friday, Jul 25, 2014 3:30pm  |  COMMENTS (13)


Lots to talk about. I’ll give you some topics:

  • Last night, after several postponements because of bad weather, the Essex County Fireworks Show in Brookdale Park went on with a blast. These gorgeous photos from local photographer Peter Gargiulo really capture the event. Did you attend? And are Fourth of July fireworks as much fun when done on July 24?

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Pinnacle Companies’ Statement: Plan for “The MC” Hotel Moves Forward in Montclair

BY  |  Friday, Jul 25, 2014 7:34am  |  COMMENTS (56)

The proposed MC Hotel

The proposed MC Hotel

Following last night’s meeting of the Montclair Historic Preservation Commission, The Pinnacle Companies released this statement:

The Pinnacle Companies met with the Montclair Historic Preservation Commission last night to discuss plans for The MC hotel, an eight-story full-service boutique hotel at Bloomfield Avenue and Orange Road in downtown Montclair. When opened, the 148-room hotel will become part of the Autograph Collection, Marriott International’s exclusive portfolio of independent hotels. Continue Reading

Montclair Historic Preservation Commission Offers MC Hotel Design Recommendations

BY  |  Friday, Jul 25, 2014 7:34am  |  COMMENTS (5)

The various building materials planned for the MC Hotel in Montclair

The various building materials planned for the MC Hotel in Montclair

As Montclair Mayor Robert Jackson and Montclair Planning Board member Martin Schwartz looked on, the Montclair Historic Preservation Commission went over the plans for the MC Hotel in its July 24 meeting while Brian Stolar of the Pinnacle Companies and architect Michael Maturo offered testimony.  In the end, though, the Historic Preservation Commission was only supposed to offer an opinion of the design as presented per its effect on Montclair’s historic character and its relationship to surrounding structures, and the commission said that, while the hotel wouldn’t directly affect the character of existing structures, it neither had a design that reflected any specific architectural style in Montclair nor had a mass that referred any similarly massed structures in the township.

As read by commissioner Debra David, the preliminary report expressed concern that the character of Montclair Center could possibly be changed, and that the design should recognize that harmony, scale, and character are in fact what Montclair stands for, and are important to consider. Continue Reading

The Sound and The Fury: Councilor Spiller Hears More Noise Complaints

BY  |  Thursday, Jul 24, 2014 10:00am  |  COMMENTS (14)

Montclair Third Ward Councilor Sean Spiller

Montclair Third Ward Councilor Sean Spiller

Montclair Third Ward Councilor Sean Spiller held a community meeting at the Montclair Public Library on July 23, a day after sitting through a township council meeting in which noise from events at parks and public safety issues created by such events were the two predominant issues.  He found himself confronting the same issues again with his constituents, many of whom are directly affected by the annual and biennial events at Nishuane Park.  Part of the Third Ward is directly across Harrison Avenue from Nishuane Park, which is in the Fourth Ward. Continue Reading

Protest in Pictures: Rally Against Ted Nugent Performance at Wellmont Theater

BY  |  Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 4:14pm  |  COMMENTS (14)

Police and more than 100 protesters gathered outside the empty Social Security to protest against the Wellmont Theater’s Ted Nugent performance last night. Continue Reading

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