Iconic Hackensack Office Building Transformed for Downtown Living

Adaptive Reuse adds 127 residential units to Main Street

Press Release
City of Hackensack
March 3, 2016

Hackensack is taking a major leap forward in its plan to transform its downtown. Developer Heritage Capital has contracted with Hollister Construction Services to commence interior demolition and renovation of 210 Main Street and 214 Main Street. The building had housed several banks in its 90-year history, most recently, Bank of America. Built in 1926, it was Hackensack’s first skyscraper.

In October of 2015, the Mayor and Council approved the Redevelopment Plan for 210 – 214 Main Street and 210 Moore Street as a mixed-use, predominantly residential project. The City’s Planning Board approved the final site plan earlier this year.

The Redevelopment Plan permits the interior renovation of both 210 and 214 Main Street into 127 residential units consisting of approximately 100,000 square feet with almost 4,000 square feet of retail on Main Street. A new 11th floor will be added. Amenities will include lobby reception, WiFi lounge, valet parking and porte-cochere, multi-function and game room, convenience store and a private fitness facility. The basement level will provide additional spaces for residents, including secure private storage compartments, bike storage room and a laundry room.

The project will include the total interior renovation for both 210 and 214 Main Street that will feature retail and restaurants on the first level including a portion of the existing vaulted ceiling lobby, amenities on the first and mezzanine levels and residential units that feature high ceilings and great views to New York City.

“This is one of the most significant projects the downtown has seen in decades,” said City Manager, David Troast. “The influx of residents from this and other residential projects in the area will have a tremendous positive economic impact on Main Street,” added Mayor John Labrosse.

Jerry Lombardo, Chairman of the Main Street Business Alliance applauded both the City and developer for coming up with a plan that preserves and reuses a downtown landmark. “This building was here long before us and this project guarantees it will be here long after we’re gone. It is a testament to the downtown’s resilience.”

For more information, please contact the City Manager’s office at 201-646-3900. Email: citymanager@hackensack.org

For more information about the city’s redevelopment effort, visit: www.hackensack.org/redevelopment.

About Hackensack Main Street Business Alliance
Established in 2004, the Main Street Business Alliance is a public private partnership between the business community and the City of Hackensack. The organization’s mission is to address the issues facing the business community with the goal of improving the local economy and the City’s overall business climate. Since its inception, the Alliance has provided Main Street with aesthetic improvements, clean and green programs, merchant grants, and marketing and events such as the Hackensack Street Festival.

About the Downtown Rehabilitation Plan
Adopted in 2012, the plan calls for new housing, retail and restaurants to maximize the city’s strategic advantages in the region. Encompassing 163 acres and 389 individual properties on 39 city blocks, the Hackensack Downtown Rehabilitation Plan promotes a range of land uses. These include retail, restaurants, office, commercial, civic, and entertainment, along with a diversity of housing types, to create a mixed-use, pedestrian-friendly downtown. One of the key objectives is to connect a series of neighborhoods with improved infrastructure, parks, plazas, open spaces and the city’s public transportation facilities.

Awards:
2014: The Main Street Business Alliance, the City of Hackensack, Archer & Greiner and DMR Architects received a New Jersey Future 2014 Smart Growth Award for the creation of the City’s Downtown Rehabilitation Plan.
2016: The City of Hackensack received the Public Partner Award from the NAIOP (Commercial Real Estate Development Association).

CITY OF HACKENSACK RECEIVES “TRANSIT VILLAGE” DESIGNATION

The City of Hackensack is proud to announce that it is now a “Transit Village”. The application and stringent review process took nearly two years. A municipality can only be designated a Transit Village after performing the important visioning and planning work that sets the stage for redevelopment.

The Transit Village Initiative designates municipalities with a bus, train, light rail station or a ferry terminal that have embraced a Transit Oriented Development vision. That vision includes growth and economic revitalization; a commitment to compact, mixed-use development; a strong residential component; jobs, restaurants, arts and entertainment and preservation of a rich architectural character, all within walking distance of a passenger transportation facility.

The NJDOT applauded Hackensack’s careful planning efforts and the proactive approach that the City had taken with respect to redevelopment. By designating the City of Hackensack a Transit Village, the State of New Jersey pledges to partner with the City in achieving the City’s redevelopment goals. Hackensack will now receive priority consideration in funding and technical assistance from many of the participating state agencies.

“This is a milestone accomplishment in the city’s history and confirms once again that redevelopment is moving in the right direction”, said Deputy Mayor Kathleen Canestrino. “We are especially grateful to our staff and consultants for their hard work in researching, compiling and following up with the arduous application requirements”, added the Deputy Mayor.

The City of Hackensack adds the Transit Village designation to a growing list of accolades including the 2014 New Jersey Futures Smart Growth Award and the recent Public Partner Award from the NAIOP (Commercial Real Estate Development Association). More information about the Public Partner Award can be found here.

For more information about the city’s redevelopment effort, visit: www.hackensack.org/redevelopment.