Opportunity Comes a Knocking on Previous La-Roche Development

(Drone Footage Credit – Dave Kotinsky)

Opportunity Comes Knocking on La-Roche Development

[Oprah Voice] “You get a job, you get a job, you get a job AND you get a job!”

Prism Capital Partners LLC recently purchased the former La-Roche development in 2016. An according to Nutley’s township Attorney, Alan Genitempo, 5,000 – 8,000 jobs are expected to be created. This will be great for the economic growth of Nutley.  Nutley’s Mayor Scarpelli expressed, “We’re very excited by that. More people will spill over into our local economy. It will create jobs and is good for the local economy and for our ratables.”

Along with the new batch of jobs created, there will be many changes to the buildings. “We’ve been working with the developer on a weekly basis and getting status reports,” says Genitempo.

The new plans for the reconstruction of the 16 acre property includes: redevelopment of two buildings – which will become the new private medical school and research facility, offices, compatible commercial uses, and structured and surface parking facilities. When designing the future structures, the developers want those who will be working in the buildings to enjoy a campus-like greenery. In addition, Seton Hall College of Nursing and School of Health and Medical Science will be built on 10 to 9 acres of land that will be leased out. Prism’s Edwin Cohen stated, “At the same time, we are working closely with the Township of Nutley, city of Clifton and a team of consultants to develop a vibrant mixed-use, multiuser plan.”

Situated between the Garden State Parkway and NJ Turnpike, the former La-Roche development will now be rebranded as ON3.  And due to the location, this is said to be a highly sought after business address that has many companies interested.  “There has been interest from high-tech industries,” Scarpelli said.

With massive changes, township leaders are very welcoming to the new possibilities. “It’s the future of Nutley. It’s the lifeblood of our economy, says Genitempo.”

Written By
Ashley Wall
For Team Ellenbogen

Sources – http://www.njbiz.com/article/20170504/NJBIZ01/170509892/prism-taps-cw-to-start-marketing-at-former-roche-campus

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The Red Eye Cafe in Montclair

Where You Want to Be This Weekend

The decision to go out for dinner was a spontaneous one. We didn’t think to make a reservation. We donned our classiest weekend outfits and spent the entire car ride talking about what we would order once we got to Egan & Son’s. When we arrived, we found the restaurant filled to capacity. Imagine our disappointment when the hostess told us there wouldn’t be a table open for at least half an hour!

But what did I expect? Of course one of Montclair’s most popular pubs would be packed on a weekend! We were too hungry to stick around, so we took a stroll down Walnut to see what we could find. In a way, not making it to Egan’s was a blessing. We might never have discovered the Red Eye Cafe.

Half cafe, half sit-down restaurant, the Red Eye Cafe occupies an unassuming spot at the very end of Walnut Street’s mini “Restaurant Row.” It was the pastry case that lured us in: two small shelves stacked with freshly-baked cookies and brownies. The dinner menu is what really sealed the deal. We were in the mood for something fancy, but we weren’t prepared for options like roasted bone marrow, foie gras and black summer truffle risotto, and the impossibly named but delectable-sounding Jurgelewicz duck breast (served with toasted barley and a hibiscus glaze). Even more incredible was the wait–there wasn’t one. We couldn’t believe our luck.

Inside the Red Eye Cafe
Inside the Red Eye Cafe

The Red Eye Cafe can be summarized in one word: inviting. Our waiter was cordial, genuine and attentive. The restaurant itself was pleasant to look at while we waited for our food. It’s cozily decorated with classic, simple details: sleek wood, exposed brick, white tiles, and even chalkboard. Framed grayscale photographs and rustic hanging lightbulbs can be found throughout the restaurant. It’s a wonderful hodgepodge of texture and understated quirkiness.

The Summer Truffle & Foie Gras Risotto - Fantastic!
The Summer Truffle & Foie Gras Risotto – Fantastic!

I ordered a small plate of the risotto, which turned out to be a very generous bowl. An experienced foodie might wax poetic about how the ingredients blended together perfectly to create this silky, melt-in-your-mouth dish, but I know nothing about food beyond eating it. All I can say is this: I will certainly be back to try the rest of the menu soon.

The Red Eye Cafe
94 Walnut Street, Montclair NJ 07042
Mon: 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tue-Fri: 7:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Sat: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Sun: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM 
Written for Team Ellenbogen by Nicole Carin

The Montclair Book Center

The Strand Close at Hand in Essex County

Montclair Book Center
Montclair Book Center

Nestled under the shade of a tree on Glenridge Avenue is the Montclair Book Center. With plain wooden shelves and maze-like, narrow corridors, it’s a far cry from the corporate mega-bookseller. This is Montclair’s answer to the famous Strand Bookstore in East Village. No search kiosks, no in-store cafe, no Kindle demos or movie promos. Just endless shelves upon shelves of books–shiny and new, old and loved. Books in every nook and cranny, on every wall and table, tucked under the arms of loyal patrons and fascinated new customers. Hand-drawn black and yellow signs guide the way to Mystery, Science Fiction, Romance and more. Even by the standards of an independent bookstore connoisseur, it’s a bibliophile’s oasis.

“Most of our staff are book lovers, so our store has developed around our love of reading,” says Peter Ryby, the store’s owner. “This is a great town for an independent book store.”

Interior 1

That’s just the first two floors. Downstairs is the Music Basement, which houses an impressive collection of new and used vinyl records and CDs that you can preview on the store’s players before purchasing. The Montclair Book Center has been a fixture in town for almost thirty years, attracting customers from all over Essex County and beyond. Their extensive stock is supplied by local record dealers.

Music Basement 1Music Basement 2


With over 15,000 square feet of new and used books, the Montclair Book Center is one of the largest independent bookstores in New Jersey. The selection is almost overwhelming, but that’s the beauty of this place. You’re supposed to get lost! The experience feels less like buying and more like discovering. A quick look easily turns into a long visit. You’ll spend hours leafing your way through poetry and prose, or pacing back and forth as you choose between two great records. It’s hard to leave without a treasure.Interior 2

If you’re looking for the latest novel to top the Bestseller charts, you’ll find it here–and it’ll probably be discounted up to half price. Collectors of obscure literature will be thrilled to know that the Montclair Book Center carries signed rare and out-of-print titles. They specialize in modern first editions and Americana.

Just as Montclair is dotted with charming, pastel Victorians next to modern split-level homes, the Montclair Book Center is an homage to the past, seamlessly blending old and new. It brings patrons back to a time before e-Readers, YouTube and mp3s, when a rainy Saturday meant curling up with a good novel, your favorite record, and a cup of tea.

The Montclair Book Center makes a strong case for shopping locally. It’s lauded on Yelp for its vast selection and exceptional customer service. The staff members know the store inventory inside and out, and are more than happy to help you find what you’re looking for. On the rare occasion that your book isn’t in stock, they can order it for you or point you in the direction of something similar. They also buy and trade books. Visit their website for more information on the buyback process.

The Montclair Book Center
221 Glenridge Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042
Mon-Wed  10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Thu-Sat 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Sun 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
 Written for Team Ellenbogen by Nicole Carin