A proposed mixed-use office space at 6 Gates Avenue may get some excitement added to its facade by way of a new mural. The plans for the mural were discussed at the Montclair Planning Board’s August 9th meeting.
The rendering only shows what it could do to have a mural on the side of the building which can be seen from Bloomfield Avenue, said David Genova, a partner in the project. “The idea was to show that it could wrap the building, it could be the length of the building.”
Genova said he experienced the jury process with the Montclair Center BID before for one of his buildings at 131 Glenridge Avenue. His recollection is that the artists come out to the space and give both ideas and budgets for creating a mural in the space. Genova was willing to use that same BID process and agreed that it would be his responsibility to pay for it. The budget for the mural opposite the Crescent Deck was $20,000 according to Township Planned Janice Talley, per Montclair Center BID’s Jason Gleason. She offered this mural as a comparable size to what would be painted at 6 Gates Avenue.