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The Mansion Was Not Saved Part 2

A response to comments from Mr. Langley, Co-President, Montclair Hotel


I usually am very careful in doing my research and when necessary seek opinion from a legal professional before putting pen to paper. Hence, it is with total confidence that I repeat my original statement that the Mansion Was Not Saved. As a general statement of law, a property owner cannot be stopped from demolishing a building he owns. As per the Declaration of Easements, Restrictions and Covenants, if they demo the original historic building, any reconstruction must be “in kind” to match the appearance and character of the original structure. Alternatively, if the building were to be demolished or destroyed and not restored, that would trigger the transfer to the city of Area C (the contributory grounds), because the uses of the historic building would have ceased for one year.  Mr. Langley also claims that this preservation plan will preserve the commercial tax base. The simple fact is by law, schools are permitted as of right in an R-1 District and houses of worship are allowed by special permit. With that being said there is no preserving of the commercial tax revenue with this subdivision. Perhaps Mr. Langley should look at his business model rather than having the city compromise our green belt for answers. Why take aim at me, I’m only the messenger.  


Reginald Spinello