Historically, South Park Street has been little more than a “parking lot” and vehicular cut-through. More than 10 years ago a vision was set forth to transform this street into a vibrant, pedestrian-oriented town square for gathering, shopping and hosting events. This new space encourages pedestrians shopping on Church Street to continue along South Park and Bloomfield Avenue. The township is hopeful that South Park Street will become an extension of Church Street and future economic driver.
Arterial, in collaboration with SmithMaran Architects, developed the design to transform this corridor into a balanced, flexible Complete Street. The roadway was narrowed to eliminate the expansive profile and continue the pedestrian promenade from Church Street. A flush cobble median was added to provide pedestrian refuge and calm traffic while allowing the town to close half the street for various events while maintaining vehicular access to the main parking deck. Other key elements of this streetscape included bike sharrows, ergo crosswalks, curb extensions, café spaces, flex space for outdoor entertainment & art displays and textured mid-block crossings.
Montclair, New Jersey
Smith Maran Architects
Township of Montclair
David Lustberg, Principal in Charge
James Ribaudo, Project Manager
Total Project Size
1. Community Engagement
2. Visioning and Concept Design
3. Schematic Design
4. Bid Assistance
5. Construction Observation
South Park Street Complete Street Design
[Arterial’s design will] transform the center of our business district from a hazardous parking area to a richly- textured pedestrian plaza. The design.... will be the most important element in bringing together the area’s classic architecture, eclectic retail outlets, indoor/outdoor dining and public spaces...
~ Jerry Fried, Mayor - Township of Montclair
Complete Streets Excellence Award video
NJ Complete Streets Summit 2013
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