Landscape Architect & Specifier News

FEB 2016

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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76 Landscape Architect and Specifier News (Continued on page 78) Atlantic Street Park (Continued from page 74) In August 2015, Hackensack passed a bond ordinance in the amount of $1.5 million to convert the upper floor of the Cultural Arts Center into a Performing Arts Center with a 200-seat theater. Design of the Performing Arts Center is currently underway, with construction of the facility expected to be completed in 2016. Municipal Parking Lot to Park Adjacent to the Cultural Arts Center was an underused municipal surface parking lot. Construction began in 2014 to convert the parking lot into a park—Atlantic Street Park—to support the new Cultural Arts Center and the future Performing Arts Center. In the summer of 2015, to further support the park, the Hackensack Business Improvement District hired a consultant to assist in the creation of a Cultural Arts District around Atlantic Street Park, and for the future Performing Arts Center. Construction of Atlantic Street Park began in 2014 after two failed bids, in part because of concerns from adjacent property owners that a park would attract the homeless and vandalism. Funding for the parking included a $268,000 grant from County Parks and Open Space, plus a $40,000 contribution from the Business Improvement District. The design of the park includes an outdoor performance stage; benches; seating; display areas for artwork; outdoor chess tables; and a trellis that creates an outdoor room, while providing shade during the spring and summer months. The design of the park is multifunctional in that it's a welcome lunch destination for the area's office workers, and a new amenity Above & Left This day view of the completed Atlantic Street Park and Hackensack Cultural Arts Center is from the roof of the residential development at 94 State Street, with the 400 space municipal parking garage in the background. The night view is from the roof of the municipal parking garage, and shows the residential development project at 94 State Street under construction.

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