Apartment Building Could Rise Opposite Garret Mountain Reservation

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Mountain Avenue Paterson New Jersey
36-60 Mountain Avenue: site of proposed development (right) across from Garret Mountain Reservation (left) in Paterson. Photo via Google Maps/Street View.

Dozens of Patersonians could soon be living opposite one of southern Passaic County’s largest nature reserves.

A new 5.5-story building is being proposed for 36-60 Mountain Avenue, a site located directly across the street from Garret Mountain Reservation between Boulder Run Road and Wilson Avenue in Paterson. The developer, Garrett Manor, LLC, is seeking for the planned development to include 42 residential rental units, according to a legal notice. If granted Site Plan approval with variances for parking, lot coverage, and front yard setback by the Paterson Planning Board during its March 12 meeting, there would be 26 two-bedroom units and 16 one-bedroom apartments. In addition, 67 parking spaces would be provided in a neighboring surface parking lot and 14 spaces would be included in the new building’s basement.

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Currently, the tracts consist of a large vacant lot and a one-story ranch house. They are located just feet away from the border of Woodland Park and a development of townhouses that was completed nearly a decade ago opposite the nature reserve. The developer’s name is not listed in the New Jersey Division of Revenue and Enterprise Services’ database, but NJ Parcels records show that the property is owned by an LLC that is registered out of a house in Roslyn Heights, Long Island.

Garret Mountain Reservation is one of the area’s most visited destinations since it is home to the Garret Mountain Equestrian Center, Barbour Pond, hiking trails, Lambert Castle, and the Lambert Tower observation deck, which features panoramic views of Paterson and the entire New York region. However, this area of the city is not served by public transportation.

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