Garden Club of Montclair 2013 Civic Beautification Award

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Each year the Garden Club of Montclair recognizes businesses who have made a positive impact on their neighborhood through architectural restoration or renovation and/or outstanding landscaping.  Last month Garden Club co-chairs Susan Straten and Kate Khachaturian along with president Michele Quinn presented this year’s awards to  Hillside Square and Focus Physical Therapy.

L-R: Kate Khachaturian, Susan Straten, Jack Finn of Jack Finn & Co. Building Contractors LLC, Bob Silver of The Bravitas Group, Inc., Michele Quinn,  Paul Sionas of Sionas Architecture, P.C., and Rachael Grochowski of RHG A&D
L-R: Kate Khachaturian, Susan Straten, Jack Finn of Jack Finn & Co. Building Contractors LLC, Bob Silver of The Bravitas Group, Inc., Michele Quinn, Paul Sionas of Sionas Architecture, P.C., and Rachael Grochowski of RHG A&D

Hillside Square at 8 Hillside Avenue is an adaptive reuse project where a historic church was converted to a Silver LEED-certified professional office complex. The owners partnered with the church to create a new, smaller space in the building allowing the congregation to remain in their home of 84 years. Unique historical attributes of the building were preserved and showcased while totally renovating the interior using ‘green’ practices. A community art gallery also exists in the building for cultural development activities on a pro bono basis.

Garden Club of Montclair 2013 Civic Beautification Award
L-R: Susan Straten, Kate Khachaturian, Michele Quinn present the Garden Club of Montclair Civic Beautification Award to Cathy Stephenson-Vrsalovic and David Vrsalovic of Focus Physical Therapy.

When David Vrsalovic and Cathy Stephenson-Vrsalovic renovated Focus Physical Therapy at 552 Valley Road, their goal was to have the facility match the business’ mission statement.  As a physical therapy and wellness center they sought to create an environment where patients would feel comfortable while they heal.  The colors and landscaping were chosen to welcome patients and staff with the comforts of home.

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