MONTCLAIR, NJ—The MC Hotel, a joint venture between Pinnacle Companies, Hampshire Companies and investment partner Circle Squared Alternative Investments, has broken ground here. The hotel is expected to be complete by early 2018; it will be the first full-service hotel to open here since the Hotel Montclair closed in 1938. It will be managed by Chicago-based Aparium Hotel Group.
When open, the hotel will become part of the Autograph Collection, Marriott International’s portfolio of independent hotels. Located at the intersection of Bloomfield Ave. and Orange Rd., the 120,000-sq.-ft. hotel will have 151 rooms and suites, 12,000 sq. ft. of conference and event space and a public art atrium and plaza.
“Montclair has long been known as a cultural destination where visitors can experience the best in art, music and fine cuisine,” said Mayor Robert D. Jackson. “The MC boutique hotel will soon afford visitors and locals the opportunity to take advantage of all we have to offer with an extended stay at a world-class hotel in a culturally rich and vibrant community.”
“We’re delighted to break ground on this one-of-a-kind hotel that will create a new gateway to downtown Montclair,” said Brian M. Stolar, president and CEO, The Pinnacle Companies. “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.”
“We have a great deal of passion for the history and culture of Montclair,” said Kevin Robinson, COO and managing partner of Aparium Hotel Group. “Our approach to the positioning and management of The MC Hotel will be consistent with our ‘trans-local’ hospitality concept, in which we will create an environment that becomes a destination sought out by travelers and a favorite place for locals.”
Aparium’s Executive Culinary Director Suzy Crofton, a Michelin-star chef, will lead The MC’s food and beverage program, which will feature multiple venues including a lobby market, full-service restaurant, ground-level bar and a rooftop bar.
Other features will include a covered porte-cochere entryway with valet parking, a lobby library, available boardrooms and a state-of-the-art fitness center. An express elevator will take visitors up to the rooftop bar offering views of Manhattan to the east and the Eagle Rock Reservation to the west.
The MC Hotel development team will work with the community to develop a wide range of cultural activities for the rooftop bar area, such as morning yoga, programs with Jazz House Kids and the Montclair Film Festival. The hotel will feature art exhibitions in the two-story art atrium. It also expects to collaborate on numerous hospitality opportunities and events with 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 The Hampshire Companies. “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.”