Categories: Hoboken Condos
One of my readers kindly alerted me to a proposal which has received surprisingly little press – the Hoboken Arts Center. In fact, if you google “Hoboken Arts Center”, nothing much comes up. On the second page of results you’ll find an @HobokenArtsCtr twitter feed. The posts are from 2011. There is also a facebook page called Hoboken Arts Center, again with posts from back in 2011. As it turns out, there is a proposal to construct a 10 or 12 story building (depending on whom you believe) at at 931 Madison, the southwest corner of 10th and Madison, current home to the Water Music Recording Studio. Evidently, the proposal is coming back to life as I was told there was a meeting about the project last week. I was given the following summary of the presentation from the meeting. This is third-hand information but, according to my source, the owners and builders of 931 are proposing the following:
- 12-13 stories – two times the height of existing buildings in the neighborhood
- 42 private residences and a penthouse (TBD rent/own)
- 32 parking spaces for residents (11 short of the actual residences)
- 2000+ seat theater for major acts (by comparison NJPAC’s Prudential Hall has 2868 seats, the Beacon Theater has 2894) with no on-site parking
- Classroom spaces on 2 floors that can accommodate 200+ students – a magnet school is in discussion
- There may also be a 25,000 gallon water retention unit under the building (to be confirmed)
- The project, once approved, will take 18-24 months to complete
- In addition, additional residents and traffic will result from a new apartment building planned for 9th & Monroe (135 units). There is also a proposal for a 500 unit building to be constructed next to the new building on Monroe where the warehouses currently stand.
The Water Music Arts Center
The Hoboken Arts Center is a mixed-use 10 story cultural facility integrating art galleries, a public theater, recording studios, educational facilities, commercial catering facilities and an outdoor promenade into a 4-story public base while supporting six floors of private residential condominiums in the building’s upper section. Indoor parking is provided below grade.
In 2008, the project was unanimously awarded City Council approval and currently awaits a public reading for the expansion of its program.
Notice the fifth photo – it clearly shows a very stark-looking tower, very out of character with Hoboken’s classic architectural style, and soaring over its neighbors. Something to pay attention to, people. Especially if you live on the west side of town.