Planners Recognize Montclair Center as 2013 Great Place in New Jersey


Planners Recognize Montclair Center as 2013 Great Place in New Jersey More accolades for Montclair — Montclair Center, the downtown of Montclair, has been named a Great Place in New Jersey for 2013 by the American Planning Association-New Jersey Chapter (APA-NJ). Great Places in New Jersey recognizes unique and exemplary downtowns, streets, neighborhoods and public spaces – four essential components of exceptional communities. Montclair Center’s honor in the new Great Downtown category follows the recognition of Church Street as a Great Street in 2012, the program’s first year.

“The people of Montclair are thrilled that APA-NJ has again honored us by recognizing Montclair Center as a Great Place in New Jersey,” said Montclair Mayor Robert D. Jackson. “The Township’s 360 or so retail and dining establishments are testaments to how hard our merchants, property owners and Business Improvement District work in concert to be business friendly and to capture and hold the interest of residents and visitors alike.”

“Montclair effectively supports its downtown by leveraging the public and private partnerships and investments needed to attract, retain and grow businesses,” said APA-NJ President Charles Latini, Jr., AICP. “As a result, Montclair Center functions not only as the centerpiece in the everyday life of the Township, but it also enjoys a long-standing reputation for excellence that extends well beyond its borders.”

“As one of northern New Jersey’s First Suburbs, Montclair Center was designed and largely built in an era when walking was the default transit mode and community was a core value,” said Luther Flurry, Executive Director of the Montclair Center Corporation. “Planning, community pride and historic preservation have allowed Montclair Center to retain these traits into the 21st century. Our blend of tradition and modernity in a beautiful, convenient setting, combined with our wealth of activities, amenities and attractions draw residents, businesses and visitors and make Montclair Center a Great Downtown.”

The 2013 designees, listed below, are not ranked. For more information about the designees, the nomination guidelines and the history of the Great Places in New Jersey program, please visit

2013 Great Downtowns

Downtown Freehold in Freehold Borough, Monmouth County
Downtown Westfield in Westfield Town, Union County
Montclair Center in Montclair Township, Essex County

2013 Great Public Spaces

Cooper River Park in Camden County
South Hoboken Waterfront in Hoboken City, Hudson County

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  1. You just have to be a resident to know where to look. I had a meeting on Bloomfield Av by N. Willow that would last about an hour, but I wanted to be a little early and have the chance to chat afterwards. I knew to start looking first in the surface lots that bracketed my destination – Glenridge Ave and then the Seymour St. I don’t think S Willow lot has meters – only permits – but nothing was open anyway. Tempting as the Bloomfield Ave open spaces were on a weekday afternoon, the 1-hr meters weren’t worth the ticket. Bangs must have been busy, so I navigated over to the Crescent Deck (Bay St deck was my fallback). Plenty of spaces and my Fitbit enjoyed the walk.
    I feel badly for the non-residents. Maybe they could enhance the wayfinding signs to clarify where to find 2-hour plus parking.

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