Montclair’s Church Street Recognized By Planners

Church Street in Montclair has been named a Great Place in New Jersey by the American Planning Association-New Jersey Chapter (APA-NJ).

“The people of Montclair are thrilled that APA-NJ has recognized Church Street as a Great Place in New Jersey,” said Montclair Mayor Robert D. Jackson. “The honor is a tribute to hard work by our merchants, landowners, and Business Improvement District, and the residents and visitors who frequent this gem. Montclair is famous for its restaurants, cultural institutions, retail establishments, and sophisticated ambience. Church Street is our epicenter. We will continue to work hard to embellish Church Street and, in fact, every street in our wonderful Township.”

“APA-NJ chose to honor Church Street because it exhibits the elements of what makes a Great Street,” said APA-NJ President Charles Latini, Jr., AICP. “Pedestrians in Montclair Center are drawn to its wide sidewalks, comfortable benches, window-shopping opportunities, alfresco dining, and outdoor entertainment.”

“Church Street offers a regional destination for shopping, dining, working, living and just plain enjoying,” said Luther Flurry, Executive Director of the Montclair Center Corporation. “The hubbub of friends meeting and enjoying and the sounds of street entertainment create an excited buzz, but you can also find a quiet spot to listen to birds or contemplate an architectural detail.”

“We are pleased to recognize eight special and unique places around New Jersey,” said Latini. “From Jersey City’s Grove Street Plaza, to historic Downtown Frenchtown on the Delaware River and the relatively new Pier Village on the Long Branch beach front, our 2012 Great Places reflect a tremendous amount of history, diversity and economic vitality. We hope that they inspire other communities to envision, plan and create their own great places.”

Great Places offer better choices for where and how people work and live. They are enjoyable, safe and desirable, places where people want to live, work and visit every day. New Jersey’s great streets, neighborhoods and public spaces are defined by many criteria, including architectural features, accessibility, functionality and community activity.

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