The first hotel to open in Montclair in nearly 80 years broke ground this week, promising a temporary resting place for visitors to the area close to the Montclair State University campus.
Construction on the MC Hotel, a luxury, boutique hotel located at the intersection of Bloomfield Avenue and Orange Road in downtown Montclair, started on Tuesday with a ground-breaking ceremony.
University officials and local politicians as well as representatives of the Pinnacle Companies, the Hampshire Companies and Circle Squared Alternative Investments—the investors for this new construction—attended the event.
Penelope Vance, the assistant vice president for corporate and foundation giving at Montclair State, attended the event, according to NJ.com, and “called the hotel ‘an opportunity for [better] fostering [the school’s] relationship’ with Montclair.”
Jack Shannon, the vice president for university advancement, also commented on the hotel’s significance to the university in an earlier press release: “The MC will allow us to provide local accommodations for our students and families, visiting faculty and staff, national and international speakers and out-of-town attendees for our growing number of conferences, performances and other special events.”
The hotel will officially open for business in 2018 after an expected 18 to 20 months of construction. It will house 151 rooms, in which family and friends of students can stay, and a rooftop bar that offers a view of the Manhattan skyline.