June 10--Montclair would get its first full-service hotel in decades, with a $35 million, 148-room boutique property planned as part of the second stage of a major redevelopment on Bloomfield Avenue.
The proposed eight-story building, which is subject to town approvals, would be called The MC. It was unveiled Monday by Montclair developer Pinnacle Cos. Upon its completion, the 120,000-square-foot property would be the town's first full-service hotel since 1938, when the Hotel Montclair on Crestmont Road closed.
The MC, slated for the intersection of Bloomfield Avenue and Orange Road, would be part of the Autograph Collection, Marriott International Inc.'s portfolio of independent hotels.
"We're thrilled that The MC will join premier hotels including the Algonquin in New York City as part of the Autograph Collection," Brian Stolar, president and CEO of Pinnacle Cos., said in a statement.
Pinnacle is the developer of the Montclair Center Gateway Redevelopment Plan called CentroVerde, a $120 million, mixed-use project that includes the hotel. The development is on the site of the former DCH Jaguar and Volvo car dealerships, bounded by Bloomfield Avenue to the north and Valley and Orange roads to the east and west.
Groundbreaking would take place in the fourth quarter, with the hotel scheduled to open in early 2016.
The MC's amenities would include a farm-to-table restaurant, a rooftop bar with views of Manhattan, and lobby library, according to Pinnacle. There would be valet parking from the hotel's covered porte-cochere entryway to a new six-story parking garage. The hospitality property also would have an outdoor plaza connected to a two-story round atrium with 30-foot-high glass walls.
The MC would also have 13,000 square feet of corporate offices, conference and meeting space.
"The hotel's original, one-of-a-kind design -- complete with an urban rooftop amenity that engages the skyline -- will compliment Montclair's organic street life," Chris Lessard, president and CEO of Lessard Design, the project's master development architect, said in a statement.
Dash Design is doing the hotel's interior design and branding.
The MC would also have an art program, run in partnership with the township, that will feature exhibitions throughout its lobby and public areas, including a sculpture on the public plaza.
The first phase of the Montclair Center Gateway Redevelopment Plan is "Valley & Bloom," and is being developed by Pinnacle and LCOR. The mixed-use development will have two six-story multi-use buildings with 258 residential units, 24,500 square feet of office space and 25,500 square feet of retail space. The plan's second phase includes the hotel and surrounding public spaces.