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 Redevelopment proposal aims to revitalize 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.
The Lackawanna Redevelopment proposal will breathe new life into the Lackawanna Station shopping center and its adjoining parcels. 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 Lackawanna Plaza Redevelopment proposal envisions a new mix of uses, including residential and supermarket space to add vibrancy and connectivity to the area, while respecting the historic character of the original Lackawanna station terminal building. Plans for redevelopment include 350 residential units with an approximately 65,000 square foot supermarket, incorporated both within existing and new structures to utilize as much of the historic buildings on the western side of Grove Street as possible.
The redevelopment plans propose residential space on both sides of Grove Street. The building on the west side will encompass three stories of residential living over the ground-level supermarket, and the building on the east side will encompass four stories of residential living over one story of partial basement parking garage. The design of this redevelopment proposal will utilize a significant amount of open space, pedestrian connections and walkways to ensure Grove Street no longer acts as a barrier between the two parcels. This proposal is designed such that the space between buildings is similar to the space between buildings on either side of Bloomfield Avenue. The parking lot fronting on Bloomfield Avenue will be replaced with a beautiful open space plaza, enhancing the area with creative landscaping and lively sidewalk streetscapes. Overall, more than 86,000 square feet of open space will be created to facilitate a vibrant center of activity for the community to enjoy.