Loan Brings Long Vacant Downtown Montclair Property To Life


Unity Bank provided a $637,000 Small Business Administration (SBA) loan to Montclair residents Ian Loew and Audrey Laurelton to fund the purchase and renovation of 42 Park Street in Montclair, which housed the Knights of Columbus for more than 80 years. The husband and wife team are co-owners of the three-story commercially zoned property, which has been vacant for about 10 years, and will be utilized for their businesses, a Pilates studio and a digital marketing firm.

Debbie Godt, Unity Bank Vice President/SBA Business Development Manager, (left) with Ian Loew and Audrey Laurelton on the porch of 42 Park Street in Montclair, which housed the Knights of Columbus for more than 80 years.

Laurelton’s Equilibrium Pilates, currently operating at 427 Bloomfield Avenue in Montclair, will relocate to the first floor of the 3,000-square foot building at the corner of Park Street and Montague Place. Loew’s Lform Design will move from its 271 Grove Avenue office in Verona to the second floor of the building.

“We hope to complete our renovations and move in by the Fall,” said Loew. “This is a dream come true for us. We have two young children and love Montclair so to be able to live and work in town is a great opportunity. Unity Bank has been fantastic to work with and they could not have made the SBA loan process any easier.”

In addition to Pilates instruction, Equilibrium provides physical therapy, nutrition counseling, and GYROTONIC® training, a blend of yoga, Tai Chi, swimming and dance. Lform provides business-to-business clients with graphic design, website development, brand identity, and social media services, as well as marketing collateral production.

“We wish Ian and Audrey continued success in the new home for their respective businesses,” said Unity Bank President & CEO James A. Hughes. “It is extremely rewarding when we can help business owners and families achieve their goals.”

For more information on Equilibrium Pilates, visit or call (973) 744-3555. For more information on Lform Design, please visit or call (973) 239-9002.

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