New Jersey Planning Officials — an association of the state’s planning boards and zoning boards of adjustment — awarded the Township’s Seymour Street Redevelopment Plan the organization’s Achievements in Planning Award.
The award announcement was published in the organization’s newsletter:
“The Township of Montclair’s Seymour Street Redevelopment Plan advances the vision of creating a regional arts and entertainment destination building on the rejuvenated Wellmont Theater and existing arts assets in Montclair. The concept of an arts and entertainment center was advanced during the preparation of the Township’s 2015 Master Plan Unified Land Use and Circulation Element. This plan builds upon the major interior renovation of the Wellmont Theater completed in October 2015 and the designation of the theater and nearby properties as a redevelopment area. The redevelopment plan provides supporting uses for the theater and broader downtown, including arts and entertainment uses, a public plaza, retail and office space, multifamily residential and new public parking. The plan also includes detailed design guidelines illustrated with examples of built work from Montclair and elsewhere.” *
“I’m truly pleased that the organization which represents planning boards throughout the state recognizes the hard work of both the Montclair Township Planning Board and the Township Council, to develop a plan that clearly articulates the Township’s vision,” said Planning Director Janice Talley.
The adaptive reuse of the former bank building at 491 Bloomfield Avenue also won an NJPO Achievements in Planning Award.
A formal ceremony will take place at an awards breakfast on September 15.