Construction is underway on what will be Montclair's first new hotel in nearly 80 years.
In a news release, its developers announced they had broken ground at Bloomfield Avenue and Orange Road for the planned 151-room, 120,000-square-foot hotel. The project is a joint venture involving The Pinnacle Cos., The Hampshire Cos. and Circle Squared Alternative Investments.
When open, the boutique hotel will be known as The MC and will be part of Marriott International’s Autograph Collection, the news release said. It also will include a farm-to-table restaurant and a 12,000-square-foot conference and event space.
Plans also call for a rooftop bar that offers panoramic views of Manhattan to the east and the Eagle Rock Reservation to the west, and an outdoor public plaza connected to a two-story glass atrium will create a year-round gathering place.
“We’re delighted to break ground on this one-of-a-kind hotel that will create a new gateway to downtown Montclair,” Brian M. Stolar, CEO and president of Pinnacle, said in a prepared statement. “The MC is the result of planning and coordination with township leaders for over five years to create a new hospitality amenity for the public that will dramatically increase the economic vitality of the township.”
The MC development team will work with the community to develop cultural activities for the rooftop bar area, such as morning yoga, programs with Jazz House Kids and the Montclair Film Festival, the news release said. It will feature art exhibitions in the two-story art atrium, and its owners expect the hotel to collaborate on events with nearby Montclair State University.
“Montclair’s rich history and culture is what drew us to this project and The MC hotel will be a destination that attracts visitors but will also emerge as a favorite place for locals to gather,” said Norman A. Feinstein, vice chairman of Hampshire. “This iconic project would not have been possible without the tremendous support of Mayor Robert D. Jackson, members of Montclair’s council, Circle Squared Alternative Investments, our investors and our partner, The Pinnacle Companies, whose presence in Montclair and decades of development experience helped make this development a reality.”
The project is the second phase of the Montclair Center Gateway Redevelopment Plan, enacted in 2011 to encourage a sustainable mixed-use development at the western edge of downtown. The redevelopment plan also includes the Valley & Bloom mixed-use residential project developed by Montclair-based Pinnacle and LCOR.
In his own statement, Circle Squared Founder and President Jeffrey Sica said, “The MC is truly an exciting opportunity and project.”
“The town’s energy and Marriott International selecting it as part of its renowned Autograph Collection portfolio showcases what a special place Montclair is to live and visit,” Sica said. “Together The Hampshire Cos. and The Pinnacle Cos. will strive to bring this marquee project to life, becoming part of Montclair’s rich history and community.