By JAIMIE JULIA WINTERS
The Montclair Planning Board has recommended that the Bellevue Theatre property be deemed an area in need of rehabilitation — with one caveat. The members of the board are requesting that they write up the redevelopment plan.
The implementation plan requires the master plan to take all roadway users — motorists, bicyclists, pedestrians and mass transit riders — into consideration when upgrading Montclair’s streets or designing new infrastructure.
Montclair’s SAFE Complete Streets Implementation Plan is closer to becoming part of the master plan after Planning Board members voted on Monday, Sept. 21, to incorporate it, but only after a preamble is written up.
After a year of testimony over density, parking and affordable housing, the Planning Board has approved a 40-unit residential and retail development on Orange Road at the former Ferrara’s Auto Body property.
The developer of the proposed 46-unit MC Residences has reduced the planned height of the residential and retail project, and will not rely on the neighboring Orange Road garage to fulfill its parking requirement.
For residents living in the wake of Montclair’s ongoing development boom, their days are filled with incessant noise, blocked access to homes and driveways, and the smell of idling diesel trucks that also take up precious parking spots, and trash-strewn streets.