An assisted living facility previously planned for Montclair is now slated to come to Verona.
Kensington Senior Living has plans to take over the Richfield Regency site on Bloomfield Avenue in Verona. Plans for an assisted living facility, at 65 Church Street, were overturned when Dick Grabowsky was victorious in a lawsuit stating that former Montclair mayor Jerry Friend and a fellow Montclair Council member had a conflict of interest when voting due to their belonging to a house of worship next to the property.
According to MyVeronaNJ, Kensington has plans for a three-story building on the Richfield site at 420 Bloomfield Avenue, with 55 underground parking spaces, and 54 additional parking spaces on the Richfield lot at 312 Claremont Avenue. There will be 92 units in the building, roughly half of which will be studio apartments, with the rest split between one- and two-bedroom units, for a total of 130 residents. Richfield Regency will continue to book events through the end of 2019.
Meanwhile, the space at 65 Church Street, where the assisted living facility had been planned for, is vacant, but talks of a new apartment building in the space, came up at the last meeting of the Montclair Development Review Committee.
The DRC considered the possibility of the construction of a large apartment building in the former Hahne’s parking and whether noise and smells from the new restaurant might be an issue. Janice Talley, Montclair Director of Planning and Community Development, would only say of the site that there is no information at this point as the developer is still discussing options.