A gloomy sky did little to dampen the mood at this morning’s ceremonial groundbreaking for Montclair’s controversial CentroVerde project. Mayor Robert Jackson, who called the event “an auspicious occasion,” spoke enthusiastically about an increase in ratables for Montclair, as did other local officials, and developers from LCOR and The Pinnacle Companies.
The Bloomfield Avenue property, which currently stands as Phase I of the Montclair Center Gateway Development Plan, will include 259 residential units, 571 parking spaces, 23,055 sq. ft. of office space and 22,340 sq. ft. of retail space.
“We’re committed to the longterm success of the project,” said LCOR Senior Vice President James Driscoll. “We look forward to seeing people live here, work here, and shop here.” When Driscoll mentioned plans to build a hotel as though it were a done deal, whispers filtered through the crowd.
“The hotel isn’t definite, but we’re confident we’ll get it,” Pinnacle Companies CEO Brian Stolar told Baristanet before the ceremony. “We’re in conversations with the top four hotel companies in the world: Marriott, Hilton, Starwood and IHG.”
Montclair Town Manager Marc Dashield, one of the many visibly pleased local officials at the event, said just before the ceremony began: “We’ve been waiting a long time for this. It’s real now.”