Confusion about MC Residences, a proposed mixed-use development at 33-37 Orange Road, to be built at the site where Ferrara Auto Body stands currently, next door to the MC Hotel, centered on a disagreement in the master plan language as to whether or not 46 residential units are allowed in the proposed apartment building when the maximum density allowed on the block, per the Planning Board’s interpretation, is 18 units.
The Montclair Zoning Board, on Wednesday, July 17, ruled in favor of the developer, allowing for the 46 units to be built in a new mixed-use development at 33-37 Orange Road.
The applicant, developer Brian Stolar, took the position that the regulations in Section 188.8.131.52 of the Redevelopment Plan do not apply to this project as it is for a mixed-use development, not a multi-family residential building with no commercial component.
The proposed development includes 46 apartments, with retail tenant(s) on the first floor’s 2,304 square feet of space. A rooftop garden, a pedestrian plaza and a 67-space garage is also included in the plan. The breakdown of apartments is 28 studios, 17 two-bedrooms, and one one-bedroom apartment. , and 2,304 square feet of ground floor retail space.
The application now moves back to the Montclair Planning Board.