Hackensack Cultural & Performing Arts Center and Atlantic Street Park | Renovation & New Public Park

Hackensack, NJ

Since 2011, DMR has worked with the City of Hackensack and its professionals to implement the Rehabilitation Plan for the Main Street Area. A major catalyst project for the revitalization of the City included the completion of the Hackensack Cultural and Performing Arts Center and Atlantic Street Park, a multi-phase project that has brought a cultural arts center and public park to the heart of the downtown.

The Hackensack Cultural and Performing Arts and Atlantic Street Park encompasses the 140+ year old, former Masonic temple at 102 State Street in Hackensack, and the adjacent site, a former under-utilized surface parking area.

During the multi-phase project, the City first completed ADA renovations to the first floor of the building at 102 State Street in 2012, so it could open as the Cultural Arts Center. DMR then proceeded with the design and construction of Atlantic Street Park, which opened in 2015. The third phase of the project, transforming the second floor of the facility to the Performing Arts Center, was completed in the summer of 2017. A fourth phase is currently under construction to provide updated gallery space on the first floor.

Atlantic Street Park transformed an under-utilized, municipal surface parking lot to an area that provides performance areas for spring and summer concerts, shaded outdoor space for lunch hour, an intimate garden and outdoor chess tables. The design includes an outdoor performance stage, with ample seating on benches, seatwalls and lawn areas. A significant architectural feature is wooden trellises that create an outdoor room, while also providing shade during the spring and summer months.

Following the great success of Atlantic Street Park, the City then sought to complete the planned upgrades to the second floor of the former Masonic temple, the Hackensack Performing Arts Center. The performance area includes seating for 200 people, support spaces such as a green room, dressing rooms, light and sound systems, a control room and a lobby areas with ticket booth and coat room.

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