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Art Installation, Movies and More Bringing Life to Montclair’s Lackawanna Plaza

Montclair Council members join members of Montclair Center BID and Fresh Air Montclair along with Lackawanna Plaza owner David Placek to celebrate new art installations.

Montclair, NJ – There was art, music and excitement for the first time in a long time at Montclair’s Lackawanna Plaza Monday when a ribbon cutting was held for Fresh Air Montclair’s newest art installations.

Instead of vacant storefronts, passersby were stopping to view three separate art installations in windows along the historic Lackawanna Station building.

Montclair Cactus by Voyo Woo, an installation by Glassroots and Visions by Marguerite Kaufer are the works on display, through Fresh Air Montclair, an initiative sponsored by Montclair Center BID.

Having the community engaging with the Lackawanna Plaza space again is a welcome change, says owner David Placek and Fourth Ward Councilor David Cummings.

“We’re still narrowing in on securing a grocery store. That’s priority number one,” says Placek of his plans for Lackawanna Plaza. “Once that’s done, we can explore the rest of the development and what it’s going to look like. But in the interim, why have this space be a negative and vacant?

Placek says that over the years, he and his wife Bridget have worked with a lot of non-profit organizations in town and not having space for events is a big issue for a lot of these organizations.

“So why not turn that largest property in town that’s vacant into usable space for a lot of these groups?” says Placek. “The whole goal is to give them exposure and bring positivity back to the property. There’s so many emotions over the last five

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