Montclair Center BID

Where the Suburb Meets the City

About The BID

Montclair Center is classic and edgy, urban and urbane, great business and great fun. Montclair Center is a First Suburb and a modern Transit Village. Most of all, Montclair Center is a great place to shop, dine, work, live and play. These exciting dichotomies and more are summed up in our tagline — Montclair Center: Where the Suburb Meets the City. Montclair Center Business Improvement District (the BID) celebrates its eighteenth anniversary in 2020 and continues to proudly serve the businesses, property owners, residents and customers of the district. The BID was founded by merchants and property owners who were concerned about on-street aesthetics, safety, code enforcement, customer attraction and district marketing. Montclair Center Corporation started operations in the summer of 2002. Since that time, Montclair Center has become known for its vibrant street life, fabulous restaurants, award winning retail, great art scene and pedestrian friendly office setting. In 2012, 2013-14 and 2018 this ribbon of commercial zoning was recognized as New Jersey’s Favorite Downtown Arts District. In 2015, Downtown Montclair won the Great American Main Street Award for the best Downtown in the US.  And no wonder! The district is New Jersey’s restaurant row; an arts and entertainment destination; home to some of the best independent, national, and international retailers; and a magnet for creative businesses. If you are already familiar with Montclair Center, you know and appreciate our unique offerings. If you are thinking about doing business in Montclair Center, contact us at 973.509.3820 or visit our resources page to get your welcome packet to learn about our convenient location, great quality of life and desirable demographics.

Great American Main Street

2015 Winner

National Main Street Center

Main Street is a comprehensive revitalization program that promotes the historic and economic redevelopment of traditional business districts in New Jersey and a dedicated supporter or the Montclair Center BID.

What We Do

The Montclair Center BID works to keep Montclair Center great, make it even better, and let the world know about shopping, dining, working and living in Montclair Center. We focus on vibrant streets, economic development and quality of life. We follow the National Main Street model and bring value to the district in four fundamental ways:

Enhance Economic Value

  • Identify and recruit new businesses to Montclair Center
  • Connect property owners and their agents with potential tenants
  • Work with existing businesses to make their ventures more successful
  • Help new businesses learn the local ropes

Create Marketing Value

  • Encourage, create and promote events that draw customers and focus to the district
  • Brand and market the district, through public relations, social media and advertising

Promote Civic Value

  • Advocate for business friendly ordinances and practices in municipal agencies
  • Serve as an “honest broker” between local businesses and governmental agencies

Build Physical Value

  • Encourage and contribute to public placemaking within Montclair Center
  • Promote and encourage the artistic and historic eclecticism of the district
  • Supplement municipal amenities, maintenance and sanitation efforts

Who We Are

Montclair Center Corporation Board of Directors has 21 members, comprised of seven district property owners, seven business owners, two town councilpersons, one resident and four at-large members. The full Board meets nine times a year. Program, administrative and executive committees meet and work as needed.

Board of Directors

Executive Board

Lisa Johnson, President
Matt Silverman, Vice President
Jaji Packard, Secretary
Jose Barriero, Treasurer
Nat Testa, Assistant Secretary/Treasurer

Celestina Ando
Jeff Beck
Jennifer Bobal
Richard Cronk
Ashley Cyrus
Rebecca Doyle
Roger Mazzeo

Jill Montague
Alescia Peyton
David Placek
Hipolito Pollantis
Elizabeth Rich
Sue Schultz
Robert Squires

Councilor David Cummings,
4th Ward
Councilor Lori Price Abrams,
3rd Ward


Jason Gleason, Executive Director
Ann Marie Sekeres, Deputy Director
Jackie Apicella, Marketing and Events Director
Pauline Heaney, Administrative Assistant and Community Liaison
Dylan Blackwell, Ambassador Supervisor
Zachary Patti, Ambassador
Johnathan Graham, Ambassador
Donald Hunter, Ambassador

If you are a Montclair Center business owner interested in volunteering for the BID, contact:Montclair Center at 973.509.3820.

Montclair Center Business Improvement District