Another church turned condo in Hoboken
On second thought…
We recently shed some light on these “church condo conversions” in Hoboken, and how they can be quite fugly.
But considering that the developer was essentially forced to “preserve” in some capacity – they did a pretty damn good job working with what they had. Definitely more unique that almost every other cookie cutter condo building in Hoboken.
It’s still quite annoying that others can tell you what to do with your own private property. Who they hell are these people? Everyone clamors for “hope and change,” then want to cherry-pick what they feel like keeping the same. So stupid.
Oh boy, Church condo conversion in Hoboken botches sidewalk!
This is a bizarre “accident waiting to happen” here in Hoboken. That Bethesda Church turned condo apparently comes with a ridiculously ass-backwards design for the sidewalk too, as Hoboken resident Eduardo explains:
“I walk by the church turned condo on Willow and 7th and found this unbelievable. I’m all for a couple extra trees but what the zoning board allowed is ridiculous. The sidewalk is extremely narrow now and they put up fences so you are literally squeezing and bumping into anyone that is on the sidewalk with you. My two kids, who are just 8 and 5, barely fit with all the fencing and diminished sidewalk! Also, if anyone is walking with a stroller or a dog there is no way that they both fit on the sidewalk. I always thought that the sidewalk had to be at least 6ft wide but that extra row of trees cuts it down.”
Not in Hoboken apparently if you know the right people on the right municipal boards!
Hoboken trend continues: Church turned condo on Willow
Continuing the documentation of the Hoboken trend of “church turned condo,” this time at 707 Willow Ave., as the Bethesda Christian Church (Spanish) is getting converted into condo.
Minervini Vandermark Architecture is responsible for the design (rendering below on left).
Again, doesn’t that look kind of weird? If you’re not going to preserve the entire structure, why bother keeping the “mask” on?
It’s not like this church had groundbreaking design to begin with, and it’s VERY FAR from a St. Patrick’s Cathedral that’s for sure.
9th Street Church turned condo – A Hoboken trend
You ever wonder why this seems to happen in Hoboken? Church after church gets converted to residential housing. Two we talked about recently were The Abbey on Hudson as well as The Vestry on Bloomfield. The latest church turned condo is the Spanish Seventh Day Adventist at 9th & Bloomfield which was recently sold.
Why are some “churches” suffering to the point where they get sold? Meanwhile there are probably half a dozen new modern “churches” that have popped up recently (but without the magnificient buildings churches typically are housed in).
And why does our useless “historical preservation” committee insist they stay churches on the outside only without keeping them religious institutions? Seems kind of shallow. If it’s no longer a church, why bother lying about it? Make it look like the rest of the neighborhood. Just an idea…
Converting Hoboken churches into condos
A father/daughter team recently bought the property. Kate and Marshall B. Tycher had a neighborhood meeting last week to advise area residents what their plans were with the property. Marshall Tycher, from Short Hills, NJ, is a principal at Roseland Properties, who have played a big role in developing the waterfront near the Port Imperial Ferry area in Weehawken and West New York. He’s also a big political campaign contributor as well.
They currently have permits to build 6 units, but claim they need to make it 8 units to be economically feasible.
Residents are a bit concerned with more competition for parking spots in the area, but welcome the restoration of the deteriorating church.