New details on a proposed new Hoboken High School were revealed at a Planning Board meeting on Dec. 7, including a video presentation of the school and the floor plans for the ambitious project.
The project, which was initially announced by the Board of Education last month, would create a 1,200 student high school built four stories high on top of JFK Stadium, complete with athletic and arts facilities for both students and members of the public to use.
The board has said that the facility is meant to meet a growing population, and would cost $241 million. The project would be paid for via a 30-year bond, with property owners paying about $93 per $100,000 of their property annually.
The board will hold a referendum on Jan. 25, 2022 for the public to vote on whether or not to approve the bonds to construct the new high school.
New visuals and floor plans
The plans were presented during the meeting by Joseph Paparo of Porzio Bromberg & Newman P.C., Frank Tedesco and Erik Wood of Mount Vernon Group Architects, who designed the project, and Stephen Hoyt and Beth-Ann Grasso from Pennoni, the engineers of the project.
The project representatives showcased a 3D model rendering of the facility at the beginning of their presentation, before going over the floor plans step by step.
The school would come with two entrances: a student entrance on Jefferson Street, and a community entrance on 10th and Grant Street near Columbus Park. They would both lead up to the first level, which consists of a hockey rink, the main school gymnasium, an auxiliary gym, a pool, an auditorium, a black box theater, and the cafeteria.
The second floor would have the general classrooms located along Jefferson St., team building areas on either ends of the hallways, and science rooms. There would also be a weight room, a halftime gathering area, and team locker rooms, toilets and concession stands for the field above.
The third floor contains the roof track and field that would replace JFK Stadium, with stands that could hold up to 1,550 people. On the classroom wing of the floor, there are small group instruction and art rooms.
On the fourth floor, which is located on top of the third floor classroom wing, there would be the Collaborative Learning and Activity Center. Wood said that most people would refer to it as a media center or library, but explained that it has various spaces for collaboration between students and teachers.
Finally, there would be a roof terrace which provides breakout spaces for students, a mechanical penthouse, and solar panels on top of the classroom wings.
Other plans for the school include a new parking garage for staff and personnel that contains 110 parking spaces, and two new tennis courts that would be under the supervision of the county.
Up to the voters
If the vote for the project in January goes through successfully, construction on it would begin in the later half of 2022, and would be expected to open for the 2025-2026 school year.
If the plan is approved, the current High School would then be converted into a new middle school, and the current Middle School would be turned into another elementary school. The board also said that there would be no disruptions to academic programs if construction for the project occurs.
The Board of Education will be holding a number of public meetings on the project prior to the vote, starting with the upcoming Board of Education meeting on Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. at the Middle School in the Demarest Auditorium.
The other planned meetings will be on Dec. 21, Jan. 6 and 17, 2022 at 7 p.m. at the High School Auditorium, and a virtual meeting on Jan. 13, 2022 at 7 p.m.