Say NO to Rooftop Addition on the Police Building Again! Residents have to ask officials and our town planner to do the right thing for our town.
The Gateway 2 Redevelopment Plan seeks to place a two story addition on the roof of the historically designated Police Station/1st Municipal Building, even though it is protected and a key building in our downtown historic district and therefore the exterior cannot be altered.
Even though, The Secretary of the Interior Standards for Historic Preservation Brief #14 States:
CONSTRUCTING ANOTHER FLOOR ON TOP OF A SMALL, ONE, TWO, OR THREE-STORY BUILDING IS SELDOM APPROPRIATE FOR BUILDINGS OF THIS SIZE AS IT WOULD MEASURABLY ALTER THE BUILDING’S PROPORTIONS AND PROFILE, AND NEGATIVELY IMPACT ITS HISTORIC CHARACTER.
The Police Station was designed by Otto Francis Semsch in 1912 as the first purpose built Municipal Building in Montclair in the Beaux Arts Style. Mr. Semsch was a nationally recognized architect, engineer, contractor and an invested resident of Montclair, from 1914 – 1934. He developed the concept of cross-bracing for steel structure sky-scrapers, and was the engineer for the Singer Building in NYC. He worked closely with Ernest Flagg (noted American architect in the Beaux Arts Style) on numerous commissions.
Sat “NO ADDITION” at the Planning Board Reviw/Vote tonight, September 28 at 7:30 pm in the Municipal Building Conference Room at 205 Claremont Avenue.
Email a letter or comment to planning director for planning board:[email protected]
and/ or the Redevelopment Subcommittee:
- [email protected] Mayor Jackson
- [email protected] Sean Spiller, 3rd Ward Counselor
- [email protected] Tim Stafford, Town Manager
- [email protected] Brian Scantlebury, Deputy Manager
- [email protected] Rich McMahon, Counselor at Large