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Midtown Parking Deck, Montclair, NJ


Budget: $75,000
Activated: 05/21/2019
Deadline: 07/15/2019 5:00 PM Central Time
Call Summary
BSREP II Wellmont Midtown Garage LLC (“Developer”), a joint venture of Brookfield Properties, Ironstate Development, and Pinnacle Companies, will be constructing the Midtown Parking Deck (“Deck”) in Montclair, New Jersey as part of the Seymour Street Redevelopment Project. The Developer seeks is a qualified artist with specific and proven expertise and experience to design, fabricate and install art components onto the façade of the Deck.
Budget Description
Budget includes design, fabrication, delivery, installation, artist fee, travel and other direct costs.
Project Description
Montclair, New Jersey has long been identified as an arts community beginning in the 1880’s with resident George Inness, the renowned Hudson River School painter, and many of his contemporaries. Today, Montclair is home to a significant number of arts organizations – the Montclair Art Museum, Jazz House Kids, Montclair Film, Montclair State University’s Kasser Theatre and George Segal Gallery, Wellmont Theater, to name a few – and an even larger number of residents engaged in all aspects of the creative economy.

The project in question under this RFP is a mixed-use residential and commercial development that has been conceived under the Seymour Street Redevelopment Plan. As described in the Plan itself, “The Township of Montclair’s vision for the Seymour Street Redevelopment Plan is to create a regional arts and entertainment destination that builds on the rejuvenated Wellmont Theater and the existing arts assets in the Montclair community.” In that spirit, the Developer intends to construct 200 apartments, 30,000 square feet of retail area, 10,000 square feet of arts space, and 32,000 square feet of office space. This commercial and residential space will be housed in two new buildings to be constructed along Bloomfield Avenue and Seymour Street on either side of the vibrant Wellmont Theater. A thoughtfully designed public plaza will convert 15,000 square feet of Seymour Street into an outdoor event and gathering space that ties together the residential, commercial, and theater elements envisioned in the redevelopment plan. The Deck itself, intended to serve visitors to the new development and Montclair at large, will be built nearby on Glenridge Avenue between Bloomfield Avenue and North Willow Street.
Artwork Goals
The vision for this project is to create a defining public art installation for the Seymour Street Arts District. The façade art contemplated with this RFP will be the capstone of a multi-faceted design that will also incorporate a public sculpture, pavement and wall murals, and a multi-story projection element. Together these art components will build upon the recognition of Montclair as a rich, vibrant and diverse arts community with both an historical past and an exciting present and future.
Artwork Location Description
Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, between Bloomfield Avenue and North Willow Street. The deck will be constructed on an existing parking lot.
Site History
Site is an existing parking lot one block off of the main artery (Bloomfield Avenue) through the central business district of Montclair, NJ. It is a part of the Seymour Street Redevelopment Project and will serve both existing and newly constructed residential/retail/office development.
This public art opportunity is open to established, professional artists living in the United States. Proposals will be evaluated based upon the design, the artist’s professional qualifications, proven artistic merit of prior relevant work, experience fabricating and installing permanent artwork suitable for the outdoor environment, and experience working with architects, contractors and municipalities.
Application Requirements
Resume: 2 page(s) maximum
Work examples: 1 - 10
Artist Statement: 500 word maximum
Letter of Interest: 1000 word maximum
Maximum two pages outlining your interest in this project, experience working on comparable projects and a statement of your conceptual approach to this project.
References: 3
Artists are allowed to apply in teams.
Artists applying as a team must split the allotted number of work examples between themselves.
Additional Requirements
Proposed designs Document Upload
Selection Information
Additional Resources
Development Imagery and Architectural Elevations (PDF)
Contact Information
Phoebe Pollinger
174 Montclair Ave
Montclair NJ 07042 United States