Today workers installed “information kiosks” at Montclair’s Lackawanna Plaza, which display directories of local shops and restaurants, and include maps of the area calling out large buildings to use as landmarks. A second, identical kiosk is planned for Church Street.
What’s the story behind the kiosks?
We know many visitors, and even some residents, have no idea how big Montclair Center is, or how rich its offerings are. There may be amazing shops and restaurants just 500 feet away from them, and they have no idea they exist.
But is there truly a need for them?
Do you know that Montclair Center has over 400 retail addresses—more the than the (Westfield) Garden State Plaza mall? And no one asks why they have directories there.
Where is the money coming from for this project?
The Montclair Township received transit village grants from the state of New Jersey.
Is there anything else you want Baristanet readers to know?
Yes. The missing lynchpin to improving Montclair Center is the lack of long-term parking throughout the district. Until the township enacts a plan to provide legal, long-term parking in the area, some of these efforts will be in vain.