Hoboken Cove Boathouse

In a public meeting last night at the Hoboken community center, representatives from the city, Hoboken Cove Boathouse, and Marvel Architects presented the design for a new Hoboken Cove Boathouse in 1600 Park & Hoboken Cove, a new park underway in the mile-square city’s northeast corner bordering Weehawken.

Hoboken Cove Boathouse

The planned boathouse contains expanded space for the volunteer organization that provides free kayak instruction and expeditions on the Hudson. At ground level, the building provides storage for approximately 120 kayaks, as well as lockers, changing rooms, toilets, and office space. On the upper level, a 935 square foot amenity space for social events will accommodate 30-40 people and feature dramatic views of Manhattan and the future Hudson Yards neighborhood. To protect against flooding, the upper level “dry zone” of the building would be situated 12 feet above the waterfront walkway and 100-year flood elevation.

Hoboken Cove Boathouse Community Meeting

Brandy Forbes (center), director of community development for the City of Hoboken, led the meeting. Guido Hartray (right) and Magnus Westergren (not pictured) of Marvel Architects presented the firm’s design.

Community members present at the meeting were generally pleased with the overall design, and offered suggestions to refine access, use, egress, and safety. Several audience members noted that a staircase on the Park Avenue side of the building might be seen as unsafe, especially if it was not well-lit, and intermittently closed to community access. Others noted that the staircase area, as well as the berm surrounding the north and west side of the building, might be used as a congregation point for homeless people who perceive Hoboken as a safe place. Several attendees advocated for adequate lighting, as well as materials and coatings resistant to graffiti.

What’s next: fundraising to cover construction costs, and engineering works to design the floodwall that’s part of the $230 million Rebuild by Design flood mitigation project. “We’re talking in the millions of dollars range. It’s going to be a couple million, maybe three.” noted Ms. Forbes in response to a question about how much money is needed. The City of Hoboken Community Planning office and Hoboken Cove Boathouse organization will create marketing materials to support fundraising, and Marvel Architects will prepare construction documents.

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