MC Residences, a mixed-use building proposed for 33-37 Orange Road in Montclair, will offer 46 residential units; a 3000 square foot public plaza, an improved pedestrian walking area along Orange Road; a 67-space garage; and 2300 square feet of retail space.
But one Montclair Planning Board member is calling the mixed-use building a mix-up on the part of individuals in the township whose mistakes resulted in the developer being allowed to have significantly more units per acre than should have been allowed.
Montclair Planning Board member Martin Schwartz went on record at the beginning of Monday’s meeting.
“In my opinion, it is a disgrace that we are sitting here tonight considering a site plan that has a density level right now that appears to give this applicant many more units per acre than what our Township Council intended in the redevelopment Plan — and not what this Planning Board recommended to them after reviewing the Council’s proposed amended plan,” Schwartz stated.
Schwartz said that both the Planning Board and the town council originally agreed to only 18 units per acre.
“My understanding now, from talking to almost every town Councilor, is that there may have been some intentionality that caused this situation. Intentionally by an individual or individuals, and not just a drafting mistake; the result of which has distorted the will of our official decision-making bodies,” Schwartz alleged.
Schwartz then called for an investigation into how the mistakes were made, mistakes that add “hundreds of thousands of dollars” in value to MC Residences.