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August 13, 2005 in Sheesh! | Permalink


Hey isn't that Garrett's house, on the right of the exposed hole?!

Posted by: Gonzo Journalist | Aug 13, 2005 12:28:55 PM

I'm on the right of the house next to the exposed hole that keeps filling up with water from a natural spring.

One of the construction officials told me that they are shooting for a Spring 2007 completion.

My neighbor and the Christ Church get the worst of the 6-days a week jackhammer noise.


Posted by: Garrett Morrison | Aug 13, 2005 4:04:43 PM

Tell me again: I know it's going to be called Sienna, but what is going in there? How much retail space vs. condos or whatever? And tell me again, what is the anticipated tax revenue, and how does that compare to when it used to be Haynes?


Posted by: cary | Aug 14, 2005 9:53:47 AM

Looks like the face of Montclair will be changed forever!

Looks like a bit of Manhattan's Upper East will be rearing its ugly head in Montclair!

Looks like moderate income folks will not be moving into Montclair!

Just follow the thread of features on Barista and one will clearly see that the real estate interests and Big Bizness are alive and well in Montclair - changing its complextion forever!

Sounds like the township is experiencing a corporate take over!

As for me - give me that "our town" feeling that we know so well as depicted in T. Wilde's play by the same name -

I guess pretty soon old-time residents of Montclair will be heading westward - or perhaps to Bloomfield which is to the East - just like the theater group "12 miles west" did not too long ago!

Tally ho for the times they are a changin'

... and as the song says "...it ain't paradise so put up a parking lot ... " but in this case a CONDO for the affluent.

Posted by: Franklin | Aug 14, 2005 11:43:09 AM

Franklin, it's "they paved paradise..." I thus now accuse you of lack of cultural competency, and insensitivity towards Canadians.

It's also "T. Wilder," he wasn't related to the Brit playwright who did time.

Posted by: cathar | Aug 14, 2005 12:24:39 PM


Your a fountain of information!

Posted by: Franklin | Aug 14, 2005 12:32:35 PM


You're a fountain of information!

Posted by: Franklin | Aug 14, 2005 12:33:06 PM

"I guess pretty soon old-time residents of Montclair will be heading westward."

It's so funny you say this...we are actually contemplating PA for this very reason.

Posted by: Miss Martta | Aug 14, 2005 1:44:03 PM

It's time to make way for the invasion of the YUPPIES to the shores of Montclair!

Yes, PA offers clean air and open spaces, and perhaps a better quality of life.

Yes there apparently is life after Montclair!

Good luck with your move.

Posted by: Franklin | Aug 14, 2005 2:31:30 PM

We're not moving yet, just thinking about it. I did buy some land in W. Va. while I was away although I have no plans to move there in the near future. It's just an investment. It's amazing what you can buy in terms of land and homes when you leave NJ! You can buy a 3 BR, 2-bath home in Kutztown, PA, for a third of the price you'd pay here. And you get more bang for your buck as you head west, too. Three- or four-hundred grand barely gets you a fixer-upper in the Montclair area.

Posted by: Miss Martta | Aug 14, 2005 6:21:05 PM

A final note:

I particularly like the large "ADVERTISEMENT" posted on the blue barrier around the construction site.

Is this another effort to bring art to Montclair and beautify the community?

Personally I find it offensive and an eye sore -- but then again I ain't an art critic just a common citizen!

Posted by: Franklin | Aug 15, 2005 8:53:29 AM

Does anyone know if the New York Sports Club will be part of this development??

Posted by: Ron | Aug 15, 2005 10:00:25 AM

That's the first I've heard of it, Ron. Would that it were true...

Posted by: walleroo | Aug 15, 2005 10:36:50 AM

IThere was talk of a sports club as a tenant at the site within one of the earlier proposals for new development on the site.

Posted by: Franklin | Aug 15, 2005 11:26:56 AM

There was talk of a sports club as a tenant at the site within one of the earlier proposals for new development on the site.

Posted by: Franklin | Aug 15, 2005 11:28:50 AM


Since you like it when I talk dirty, here goes. It's called foreplay. We're all being jerked around by the people in power, agitating our deepest needs for a conclusion to this giant hole in ground. Since we've all waited 15 years for Hahne's to come down, what's the rush to erect its successor? As long as Bradford Pears aren't used in the tree planters, I'll be happy just to see the Cresent Street deck completed.

Posted by: JTF | Aug 15, 2005 8:51:30 PM

It would have been much better if the township secured Lord & Taylor as the replacement tenant many years ago. At least that establishment would have complimented the overall shopping area and served as a more than viable anchor as it does in Westfield. Alas, one can always dream about what could have been.........

Posted by: Ron | Aug 16, 2005 8:38:49 AM

Unfortunately, back in '89, when Hahne's was acquired by May Department Stores, the selected stores were changed to Lord & Taylor. The Newark and Montclair stores were deemed unfit to remain open. In the case of Montclair, it was the parking issue, and it's lackluster downtown, along with the draw of the malls, not that the township didn't try to persuade the owners.

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