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Montclair wins recognition from state for Bay Street train station

Published: Sunday, July 11, 2010, 6:20 AM
montclair-transit-village.JPGThe New Jersey Department of Transportation announced that Montclair Township has been designated an official Transit Village community in recognition of the efforts to create walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods near Bay Street Station. Riders get off an NJ Transit Train at Bay Street Station.
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MONTCLAIR — Montclair has been named a Transit Village in recognition of the township’s efforts to make one of its six train stations an inviting hub of walkable, mixed-used neighborhoods, the New Jersey Department of Transportation announced last week.

A Transit Village task force made up of representatives from several state agencies gave Montclair the designation based on a two-phase redevelopment plan for a 9-acre area around the Bay Street train station off Bloomfield Avenue, said DOT spokesman Tim Greeley. He cited a commuter parking deck, seven residential developments with 163 units, a municipal fire station that also serves as the department’s headquarters and a planned day care center.

“That designation will really help us get grants and move us toward less reliance on the automobile,” said Montclair Mayor Jerry Fried. “It will automatically move us up the list as far as getting grants and assistance from the state and federal government.”

Fried said he wasn’t surprised by the news because the township, which is 6.2 square miles, is one of the most pedestrian and transit-friendly municipalities in the state.

“They’ve really done a good job for a lot of years of developing around those transit facilities,” Greeley said.

The township was invited to compete for a $100,000 grant through the DOT to support Transit Village planning efforts. The agency gave out eight or nine such grants last year, Greeley said.
Montclair and Somerville are the latest municipalities to join the program, he said. There are now 22 Transit Villages throughout the state since the program began in 1999. This was the first year Montclair sought the designation.

“Montclair seems to have done a lot of the hard work already,” Greeley said. “It’s one of those where it’s a matter of them actually applying."

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marywoodside July 11, 2010 at 6:40AM

Montclair? what about Newark?

Mayor Cory Booker touted the Broad Street Station area as the Transit Village of New Jersey when he announced it three years ago. Just look at all the development since that announcement that has taking place. Mt. Cory Booker, at the corner of ML King Blvd. and Orange Street, proudly rises, composed of debris from the torn down Westinghouse plant building. Plenty of empty lots surround the station waiting for tourists to partake in Newark's emptiness. Definitely this was the Transit Village that should have won. Hang your head in shame, Cory Booker.

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dzdnconfused July 11, 2010 at 8:17AM

How is it Cory Booker's fault? Are you holding a top secret list of developers for apartments, grocery stores and restaurants? The area around Broad Station is ripe for a development boom but who is going to risk the money right now?? Plus, the fact you are comparing this area to Bay Street in Montclair is a joke. Bay Street was an ESTABLISHED neighborhood before they upgraded the station. Research, research, research before posting.

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doctorphil1 July 11, 2010 at 10:59AM

dzdnconfused - laughable to say the least!

As marywoodside notes, Booker announced the Transit Village along with grand plans for the area. Well he also announced a high-rise office building at 420 Broad Street (Lincoln Motel site) and a village of shops where Westinghouse stood. He announced these "improvements" and what did Newark get? Empty lots and more empty lots from Mr. Hollywood. Oops forgot Mount Cory Booker.

To answer your question, "How is it Cory Booker's fault?" Since Mr. Hollywood took the time (and publicity) to announce the Transit Village and new office construction, then he is the one to blame when nothing happens. Remember, he would have been front and center - again - as Mr. Hollywood claiming the credit if it happened. So it is only fair he gets the blame when it doesn't.

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dzdnconfused July 11, 2010 at 11:24AM

Sure. Booker must be a magician in your way of thinking. If you had the money, would you invest in the area? I highly doubt it. BTW, It seems both of you, marywoodside and yourself, are one and the same.

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doctorphil1 July 11, 2010 at 1:48PM

dzdnconfused - Sure I would invest in the area - Provided Booker is no longer on the scene and the city repeals its payroll tax (only city in NJ to ever impose a payroll tax paid by employers).

PS. Sorry to disappoint you I'm no Mary.

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Thanatopsis July 11, 2010 at 1:10PM

dzdnconfused . . .

You are "confused" when you suggest that doctorphil1 and marywoodside are the same. Dooctorphil1 has been a long-time contributor to the SL blog. If you examine the syntax, it will become apparent that he does not share writing style with marywoodside. In this case, all that is shared is opinion.

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dzdnconfused July 11, 2010 at 3:00PM

Thanks for the update Thanatopsis. I take it you monitor syntax for NJ.Com? I've been monitoring Doctorphil1's posts for the last two years. They are remarkably similar to marywoodside. I'm not the first poster to mention this fact. By the way, it is possible for Doctorphil to post using two different usernames from two different IP addresses. The "syntax" can be altered by a narcissist.

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Thanatopsis July 11, 2010 at 5:58PM

dzdnconfused . . .

YOU should be the expert if you've been monitoring doctorphil1's posts for two years. I only suggest that you examine the difference in structural presentation and style. Hey, that's the way the Unibomber's brother spotted his tirade in the NY Times. Doesn't require any special gifts. Just a certain amount of paying attention. I'm suggesting that you are not objective because his position and yours are at odds. Incidentally, I have no working affiliation with NJ.Com. Sorry about that.

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dzdnconfused July 11, 2010 at 8:22PM

If you have the chance, study the posts between the "two" of them. "They" always post on most articles dealing with Newark. The pattern is always the same.

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mtc973 July 12, 2010 at 9:24AM

Your right dzdnconfused the Montclair Connection was originated in 1929 but due to the Great Depression the plan wasn't put into action.

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doctorphil1 July 12, 2010 at 5:18PM

Glad to see so many people are concerned about by syntax.

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