Montclair to Receive Two Awards for Excellence in Development

The Township of Montclair is to be honored with an Outstanding Partner for New Development award from the Housing and Community Development Network. The award reflects the partnership between the Township and HOMECorp in the completion of Talbot Village and will be presented on October 12 at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick.

Montclarion II windows at night

In addition, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) has selected the Montclarion II for a prestigious Excellence Award which will be presented at an awards gala on November 8, at the Westmount Country Club in Woodland Park.

“I am pleased to see the hard work of Township officials, HOMECorp and the Montclarion II recognized by these two esteemed organizations,” said Township Planner Janice Talley. “Talbot Village is a fine example of the Township, State and HOMECorp working together to create six new affordable townhouses in Montclair. The Montclarion II is a beautiful mixed-use building that successfully blends in with the downtown character while also providing a new home for Studio Montclair and a mix of affordable and market-rate apartments.”

Talbot Village is home to six low and moderate-income homeowners in newly-constructed townhomes in Montclair. The project consists of four two-bedroom units and two three-bedroom units on land leased by the Essex Community Land Trust. Each homebuyer went through HOMECorp’s first-time homebuyer training and the Montclair Township is facilitating a continuation of this training to ensure each owner has the necessary support to succeed as homeowners. Talbot Village is the latest example of the Township’s efforts to be proactive in maintaining and expanding affordable home opportunities for its residents.*

The project and the first-time homebuyer and homeowner counseling are funded in part by Montclair Township.

ULI is a non-profit research and education organization whose mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. ULI NNJ Excellence Awards salute the highest caliber of projects and people within the industry in the Northern New Jersey region.*

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  1. I have to disagree frankgg. These awards are like the Academy Awards, etc. Developers are congratulating themselves. OK, that’s fine.

    This project? The streetscape is comprised of a) the above photo – dramatic, with b) 3 bays of wall/parking garage to the left and c) an over illuminated, glass enclosed stairwell to the right. Seriously?

    I accept this is the architectural standard, but it is in no way award worthy.

  2. Frank, it seems as though your focus is on architecture and you are overlooking the reason for the awards. I believe the honor is for providing affordable housing and not for aesthetics.

  3. The Montclarion II (aka the Montclarion at Bay Street Station) provided only the legally required number of affordable housing units. The ULI can certainly give a project an award for meeting the affordable housing ordinance, but I don’t think it rises to being newsworthy. So, that leaves only the architectural merits – hence, my critique.

  4. And to distill my critique down to its essence, this design is no better than the CVS in Upper Montclair. If you like that, you’ll love this.

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