Thursday’s approval by the New Jersey Legislature of a $1 million allocation to the Hoboken Community Center in the state’s $46.4 million budget, is being praised by Assemblywoman Annette Chaparro (D – District 33). The Hoboken lawmaker strongly believes in the HCC and the works it does.
The Center’s website states, “The Hoboken Community Center (HCC) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization located at 1301 Washington Street. The building opened its doors in 1927 as the Hoboken-North Hudson YMCA and served the dual purpose of providing housing to low-income men and offering affordable recreational programs for the local community. Due to insufficient funding, the YMCA closed the doors in 2010 to the recreational side of its operations.”
Today, the HCC manages the residential facility, which was extensively renovated in 2013 and contains three levels of single room occupancy men’s housing – providing affordable housing for 96 single men. The HCC also contains three levels of currently vacant former recreation space totaling approximately 37,500 square feet. The HCC is now focused on the renovation of this space.”
Further information on the Hoboken Community Center’s website states, “The HCC has retained an experienced planning firm and, in collaboration with the City of Hoboken, the Hoboken Public Library, the Hoboken Board of Education, and other community partners and stakeholders, is evaluating the feasibility of remodeling the currently vacant former YMCA spaces into new community-focused spaces for a variety of functions.
The proposed project may include renovation of the historic existing lap pool in the lower level of the building, renovation of the existing gymnasium, and remodeling of other spaces on all three vacant levels of the facility to provide a variety of spaces meeting the community’s needs for flexible, multi-purpose recreation, classroom, meeting, and culturally-focused space. HCC conducted a public survey and held multiple stakeholder meetings to identify the community’s needs and preferences regarding possible uses of these spaces.
The proposed project will also include infrastructure improvements needed to repair or replace elements and systems within the building that are beyond their expected service life, as well as improvements needed for building, life safety, and accessibility code compliance.”