HOBOKEN, NJ — According to Preservation New Jersey, the New Jersey Transit Records Building in Hoboken is among the "10 Most Endangered Historic Places" in the state for 2020.
The 10 Most Endangered Historic Places program spotlights what the nonprofit historic preservation organization deems, "irreplaceable historic, architectural, cultural, and archeological resources in New Jersey that are in imminent danger of being lost."
Built in 1904, the New Jersey Transit Record Building is in the crosshairs due to ongoing development plans for the Hoboken Rail Yard. The English Victorian Gothic Revival structure has fallen into a state of disrepair, recently deemed an unsafe structure by the NJ Department of Community Affairs. Locally, the Responsible Development Task Force has been spearheading efforts for an adaptive reuse of the building. New Jersey Transit is conducting an analysis of alternatives to demolition of the building—as required by State Historic Preservation Office.
According to the task force's Terry Pranses, the Adaptive Reuse approach, “has been reviewed by New Jersey’s Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer and identified as a positive outcome for this historic building. It could be an important link to the past with increased visibility as the Hoboken Yards will be bringing new people to our downtown area.” He adds that adaptive reuse, "has also received a positive evaluation by Engineer Donald Friedman, who specializes in historic preservation and structural engineering.”
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