A balance between suburb and city is widely recognized as one of Montclair Township’s greatest strengths. With efforts well underway to improve the western gateway to Montclair Center, the Lackawanna Plaza revitalization proposal aims to enliven a key crossroad at the eastern end of Montclair Center with a new mix of uses, enhancing streetscapes and creating a walkable center of activity.
Existing Site Conditions
The site currently consists of two parcels, separated by Grove Street. The west side of Grove Street is home to the historic former Delaware Lackawanna & Western railroad terminal, which is now occupied by a restaurant, a vacant approximately 20,000 square foot office building, a vacant former Pathmark supermarket and an enclosed, nearly abandoned shopping mall. The east side of Grove Street is currently used for surface parking to serve the retail uses on the west parcel. The proposal to reinvigorate Lackawanna Plaza will breathe new life into the Lackawanna Station shopping center and its adjoining parcels.
The Lackawanna Plaza proposal has been significantly revised to address community feedback. The revisions now propose an “as of right” development proposal that conforms with current zoning requirements, with only minor variances needed.
The updated plans:
- Bring a new Supermarket in the former Pathmark location on the west parcel with additional parking
- Reduce the number of residences proposed on the east side by 56% percent to 154 units from 350 units originally proposed.
- Emphasize architectural nods to the historic elements on the site
The new proposal to revitalize Lackawanna Plaza will update this underperforming site in the Township for a much-needed boost to the neighborhood, bringing with it creative landscaping and lively sidewalk streetscapes. Extensive pedestrian connectivity through the site will ensure the all new Lackawanna Plaza is a walkable center of activity, such that Grove Street no longer acts as a barrier between the two parcels. Additionally, transit connections to surrounding neighborhoods and beyond will make Lackawanna Plaza accessible to the community.