2014 Dec 2nd

Hoboken Arts Center Coming to a Street Near You?

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:

After a little digging, I learned that last week’s meeting was held by the Hoboken City Council Development Subcommittee. I understand they will be holding another one soon on the same topic. I suggest you reach out to the chair of the committee, Hoboken Councilman Peter Cunningham, for more information. This isn’t a meeting organized by the Mayor’s office or administration so the notices which are normally so widely dispersed were absent.  I suppose that is why only 5 residents were present.
Interestingly, if one looks at the website of the project architect there is yet another description of the Center:

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.

  1. Chili Agee

    That has to be one of the ugliest buildings every proposed for Hoboken. Almost as bad as the W hotel!

  2. Alex


    I attended the meeting held on November 11th that you refer to in your article and can confirm the description of the project you’re giving is 100% accurate. The TBD elements were presented as such during the meeting.


    If you live on the West Side of town, you should make sure your voice is heard, it might be too late afterwards. This tower is twice the size of all other buildings in Hoboken. And the 500-2000 people capacity of the theater will clog the entire west side of the city for sure.


  3. Ellen

    For those interested in attending the meeting tonight, it starts at 8 PM and will take place at 901 rather than 931 Madison.

  4. Lori Turoff

    901 Madison St., that is. Tonight at 8pm.

  5. Robert

    I seriously question the design. How can an outdoor amphitheater include soundproofing? Please provide study which indicates sound levels that will impact the neighboring buildings.

  6. Lori Turoff

    Maybe the people who live behind it can sell seats on their balconies for the performances because they’re likely gonna hear it loud and clear!

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