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Hotel, parking garage coming to Valley Road

Hotel, parking garage coming to Valley Road

CLIFTON — After more than three years of back-and-forth, the Planning Board has approved revised plans for a new hotel and parking garage adjacent to a catering hall on Valley Road.

Meridia Regency on Valley’s application was approved by a 6-1 vote and against the wishes of the residents of nearby McCosh Road. 

The application calls for a hotel to be constructed adjacent to the existing Valley Regency, previously the Robin Hood Inn, where Montclair songwriter Herman Hupfeld composed “As Time Goes By,” a song made famous by the movie “Casablanca.” 

Meridia Regency’s plans call for a four-story hotel and parking garage, a plan denied by the Planning Board two years ago

“The use is allowed,” said Planning Board member Nick Villano, a licensed engineer and city manager. “We are trying to make a case where there is none.”

Valley Regency in Clifton looks to add  102 hotel rooms

The original application called for a six-story, 102-room hotel with underground parking on 5 acres. The updated plan, approved earlier this month, allows for a 57-foot-high hotel with 120 rooms. It will have four stories above ground and one below, with a parking garage. 

The changes also call for fewer trees to be removed and fewer, smaller retaining walls.   

Residents who have fought the project since it was proposed more than three years ago said the hotel and garage will hurt their quality of life.