Hoboken Unveils Three Exciting Redesign Concepts for Multi-Service Center

Hoboken, a vibrant city known for its progressive approach to urban development, has unveiled three, draft concepts for the highly anticipated redesign of its Multi-Service Center, located at 124 Grand Street.  This ambitious project aims to revitalize the facility and create a modern, inclusive space that meets the diverse needs of the community.

The Multi-Service Center has long served as a vital hub for various social services, recreational activities, and community gatherings in Hoboken. However, recognizing the changing dynamics and evolving needs of its residents, city officials decided to embark on a comprehensive redesign effort to transform the center into a state-of-the-art facility.

The draft concepts, which have been met with enthusiasm and excitement, showcase an innovative and forward-thinking vision for the Multi-Service Center. The proposed redesign incorporates elements of sustainability, accessibility, and versatility to ensure that the facility remains relevant and adaptable for years to come.

Renderings Courtesy City of Hoboken

The first concept, Stacked Recreation with Rooftop Aquatics, proposes a new Multi-Service Center building with spaces for a day care, senior services, café, library, gymnasium, multi-purpose community rooms, and municipal offices as well as an outdoor rooftop 25-meter swimming pool and children’s play area. An open-air canopied structure with multiple levels of outdoor recreation, or recreational pavilion, is proposed for the remainder of the site. The recreational pavilion would contain a multi-purpose hockey rink on the ground floor, a basketball court, and four pickleball courts on the second floor, and the rooftop would feature an aquatics center comprised of a wading pool and splash pad next to the swimming pool, and a turf field.

The second concept, Pavilions in the Park, proposes a new Multi-Service Center building with an indoor 25-meter swimming pool on the ground floor and spaces for a day care, senior services, café, library, performance space, gymnasium, multi-purpose community rooms, and municipal offices as well as a community garden and four pickle ball courts on the rooftop of the building. The western portion of the site would consist of a mix of outdoor public spaces (plazas, natural playground, and splash pad) and two smaller open-air recreational pavilions with space for a wading pool, half basketball court, and up to two pickle ball courts.

The third concept, Raised Recreation, proposes a new Multi-Service Center building with a covered, open-air multi-purpose hockey rink on the ground-level, space for a day care, senior services, library space, multi-purpose community rooms, performance space, gymnasium, and municipal offices, and recreational spaces for up to three pickle ball courts and a community garden on the rooftop. The western portion of the site would consist of an outdoor wading pool, indoor 25-meter pool, and a rooftop natural playground.

Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla expressed his excitement about the potential of the Multi-Service Center redesign. He stated, “This project represents a significant milestone in our ongoing efforts to enhance the quality of life for all Hoboken residents. The draft concepts embrace our community’s values, and I am confident that the redesigned facility will become a vibrant hub that fosters connection, engagement, and well-being.”

“I am excited to see this new vision of the Multi-Service Center, which will be updated to better meet the needs of our community in terms of modernized recreational facilities, additional meeting spaces, a new senior center, and more, come to fruition,” said Council President Emily Jabbour.“I look forward to hearing feedback from the community on the proposed concepts- especially regarding the options for the positioning of the community pool.”

“I am thrilled to finally announce the plans for a new Multi-Service Center in the First Ward, which includes a community pool and a range of amenities catering to seniors, young families, and adults,” said 1st Ward Councilman Mike DeFusco. “We are actively exploring funding opportunities for this project to ensure its successful realization. Furthermore, we are committed to keeping the community informed and involved throughout the process.”

“Hoboken residents have made it clear they want a pool, and a pool is what we will deliver!” said 4th Ward Councilman Ruben Ramos.  “Working in partnership with the Mayor and the Council, we will work to make this a reality for our community, as well as a new dynamic Multi-Service Center, new recreation facilities, community meeting space, and a new senior center. The new facility will provide for residents’ well-being, foster community engagement, and honor the contributions of our seniors. Working collaboratively with the administration and my fellow colleagues to make this vision come true will be a priority in the years to come!”

“Finally! Our own community Pool! After years of advocating for a pool we have this amazing opportunity to make it a reality,” said Council Vice President Michael Russo.  “The Multi-Service Center pool will be a major investment in residents’ quality of life providing both leisure and recreation opportunities to residents from across the City. I look forward to working with my neighbors in the 3rd Ward and throughout Hoboken to design a multi-service center that provides for all our recreation needs. This is a testament to the Mayor and Council’s dedication and their willingness to build our community and create spaces that bring us together.”

“Many 5th Ward residents have expressed to me the importance of Hoboken’s finally building a municipal pool — for recreation as well as for swim lessons,” said 5th Ward Councilman Phil Cohen.  “It is exciting to be actively considering an outdoor community pool as an element of a redesigned Multi-Service Center. I look forward to supporting this important, new plan.”

“These designs are incredible,” said Councilman At – Large Joe Quintero. “I’m excited to see us get one step closer to having public pool for our residents and a top-notch facility every member of the community can use.”

The city plans to actively engage with the community throughout the design process, seeking feedback and input from residents, local organizations, and stakeholders. This collaborative approach ensures that the final design reflects the aspirations and priorities of the people it will serve.

The three design concepts were presented last night during a virtual community meeting. The project team will use public feedback gathered from the June 29 virtual meeting, the July 6, in-person meeting at 11 a.m. with senior citizens at the Multi-Service Center, and a future online survey to create a final concept design for the Multi-Service Center in the coming months. Based on the final concept design, various cost estimates will be provided to the public.

While the unveiling of the draft concepts marks an exciting step forward, it is important to note that the project is still in its early stages. The city will continue to refine the plans based on community feedback and secure the necessary funding to bring the ambitious vision to life.

As Hoboken moves closer to realizing its vision for a transformed Multi-Service Center, residents and visitors alike eagerly anticipate the day they can experience the vibrant and inclusive space that will soon grace the heart of their community.

For more information on the Multi-Service Center revitalization project, go to hobokennj.gov/mscrevitalization.