PINNACLE PLANS FOR NEW HOTEL IN MONTCLAIR
Montclair's first new hotel in more than a century
A hotel company has been agreed upon, and plans for Montclair's first new hotel in more than a century will be filed late next week, according to its developer.
Just who is coming to the site at the corner of Orange Road and Bloomfield Avenue can't be released until the franchise agreement is in place, Brian Stolar, CEO of The Pinnacle Companies, told The Montclair Times.
What Stolar will say, however, is that "it is a major international hotel company" that gave the project the green light last Thursday, March 6. According to Stolar, "It will be everything we hoped for. We're very excited."
The plan is for an upscale, 140- to 150-room eight-story hotel with an additional floor for a rooftop bar, said Stolar. Groundbreaking is expected later this year following the plan's approval from the Montclair Planning Board.
The projected opening date is December 2015.
Stolar expects that the hotel's conference and event facilities will attract business travelers, weddings and other social gatherings. It will also include a public atrium, a restaurant, retail shops and a public park.
The hotel is an element of the CentroVerde project, which will also have two six-story buildings with rental apartments, retail and office space. Hotel parking will be valet only, with cars to be parked at the Orange Road parking deck.
This will be the township's first new full-service hotel since the long-defunct Montclair Hotel was built in 1908. It will cost about $30 million to $40 million to build, Stolar has said.
Part of the draw for a big-name hotel to come to Montclair is having a liquor license. Last year, the Township Council solved that problem when it approved a resolution allowing hotels with at least 100 rooms and are part of a "mixed-use" project - one that includes residences, retail and offices - to obtain a liquor license. According to Township Attorney Ira Karasick, the license will cost $2,500 plus a $2,500 annual fee.
About six years ago, Stolar said he had met with about two dozen hotel companies to bring a hotel to the parking lot on Church Street, next to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair and across from The Siena condominium tower. But there was little interest, he said.
other planning news
Monday night's Planning Board meeting was over before it started, with both applicants requesting appearances at later dates.
The hearing for the future of the former Charlie Brown's restaurant in the Upper Montclair Business District has been rescheduled to Monday, March 24.
On Monday, May 12, the board will hear the application for a 40-unit mixed-use development near the corner of Pine Street and Bloomfield Avenue. The project will be built next to The Montclarion, a four-story building with 56 apartments.
Montclair Planning Director Janice Talley announced that the April 14 meeting has been canceled, and that the April 28 meeting will focus on the proposed Master Plan.
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