Last year, development partners Pinnacle and Hampshire Real Estate presented plans for the Lackawanna Plaza redevelopment, which, in addition to a new supermarket, would include a new municipal building and police headquarters. Back in 2013, Montclair Mayor Jackson discussed his vision of having the Municipal Building and the Police HQ housed together (there was once even talk of adding the BOE to the mix).
Yet, in August, Pinnacle CEO Brian Stolar surprised the municipal Economic Development Committee when he presented a new set of plans with no municipal components, preserving the residential and commercial units included in the 2015 plan, reports The Montclair Times, which goes on to report what Township officials have to say about it and other possibilities for a new Municipal Building.
One option mentioned would be for the township to consider moving into the PNC drive-through bank property west of the Municipal Building, thus expanding the tract of land to include both properties.
What do you think — does Montclair need a new municipal complex and police headquarters? If your answer is yes, where do you want to see these facilities located? And if you answered no — what does Montclair need and what would you prefer the council focus on?