Information Kiosks Installed At Lackawanna Plaza

Section of new map for Montclair Center kiosk
Section of new map for Montclair Center

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.

Luther Flurry of the Montclair Center Business Improvement District (BID) talked with Baristanet about these further signs of change.

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Workers installing kiosk

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.

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Montclair Center directory

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.

The kiosks and maps were designed by Arterial, a Montclair-based street design studio, and Carrie Chatterson Studio in Brooklyn.

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  1. Will I get a ticket if I get out of my car to read the map, or should I just roll by real slow and squint?

  2. If you park illegally then yes you may get a ticket. How about you use a little common sense and realize that the kiosk is for pedestrians to locate areas in the business district similar to a kiosk in a shopping mall

  3. Considering how often retail outlets open and close on the avenue, this directory will need updating weekly, if not daily. I see it as just another waste of tax dollars, regardless of whether it is local, state or federal dollars. As Montclair turns into Hoboken (with fewer bars), parking will become a bigger and bigger issue. Good thing the town council plans to get rid of another lot in exchange for allowing a non-conforming 6 floor building go to 8.

  4. Every day pedestrians are confronted by hundreds of tourists who come to Montclair and wander aimlessly along Bloomfield Avenue looking for a place to spend money. This is just the thing for all those people who need to find the CVS or Duncan Donuts.

    Consider this more wasted pretense in Montclair at the expense of the taxpayers. A useless tool to meet a need that doesn’t exist. The top of the kiosk should read: “Montclair: Home of the Great Pretenders.”

    Hopefully none of these rich aimless tourists will trip on the ridiculously expensive fake brick crossing walks now coming apart and sue the town. Or does the taxpayer really not mind more debt to service?

  5. . . . . then there’s always that one-way bus out of Montclair not funded ny the taxpayer, idratherbeat63.

  6. “Montclair: Home of the Great Pretenders.”

    Most probably idratherbeat63, those about whom you rail, like yourself, were not born and raised here.

    The irony is not lost.

  7. This is hilarious. Its almost as if Montclair is trying to say, “Hey, in the event you entered Montclair on the wrong side of our beautiful town this is where you are supposed to go”


    “Please don’t assume that this run down, outdated, Pathmark is the only place to buy groceries, there is a Whole Foods a half a mile from here”

    Any one else find this funny?

  8. I was just in the Exxon station across from Lackawanna Plaza, and literally every car that pulled into the Exxon was packed full of young gang members with red ski hats (it’s currently August) and red hoodies (again, it’s August). They were talking rather loudly and openly about how they sell crack. As long as you have that kind of element that feels that comfortable driving through our town…that is what needs to be addressed. The only tourists I see in town are from Newark.

    Stu makes a good point about the turnover with retail shops downtown. They should make this thing digital and update it in real time.

  9. Turnover of the stores will certainly be an issue. Although it seems like these are just printed on a high quality paper and may end up being cheaper than installing a digital board (think maybe a turnover of 4 sheets/ year). I like this idea and the bid’s signage that spans n/s mountain all the way down to the firehouse (im sure and then some) is a pleasure to see. How else would someone who walks to church street know that the wood pit has delicious bbq etc? Does montclair need to become hoboken? No. but the amount of residents on their high horses is getting to be a tad ridiculous..this is simply an amenity to guests (and im sure curious residents) who will patronize our bushiness. Sheesh

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