It’s ok, it’s less ‘urban’ if we make it look like a completely fake “farm”. From the Record:
The housing and shopping center design for the former Mercedes-Benz headquarters is “too urban” for the farmlike look of the area, Planning Board members said.
They said they want the housing and shopping center, being called Triboro Square, to have buildings with a country-like feel and architecture to match the structures and landscaping of The Shoppes at DePiero Farm across the street.
Planning Board Chairman John DePinto said there needs to be more “conductivity between the two sites.”
“I think it’s important that the developments rely on each other in part for their success,” DePinto said.
The area, traditionally home to large office campuses including Mercedes-Benz and Sony, may eventually be Montvale’s new downtown.
The Shoppes at DePiero Farm in recent years replaced DePiero’s Country Farm, a family-owned farm store in Montvale for almost a century. The center proposed for the former Mercedes-Benz corporate offices is just the next step on the road to more changes for the area, officials said.
Richard Preiss, planner for applicant SHG Montvale, said roof styles and some building aesthetics proposed for Triboro Square are similar to existing structures at The Shoppes at DePiero Farm. He said there are also differences.
Preiss said the proposed design does fit in with the current look of the area, during his testimony in response to Planning Board members’ concerns.