Hoboken to Host Meeting on Neumann Leathers Redevelopment Plan

Neumann Leathers Hoboken Exterior Observer Highway
The proposed future of the circa 19th-century industrial complex Neumann Leathers at 300 Observer Highway, Hoboken. Rendering by Nastasi Architects.

Years of behind-the-scenes planning by the owners of a prominent Downtown property could pay off in the form of revitalized industrial arts space, several large public plazas, and a major influx of apartments and retail that will soon be discussed by the community.

Rehabilitating the Neumann Leathers complex has been seriously discussed since 2017 when new ownership took over the property. Located at 300 Observer Highway, the oldest four-story section of the facility dates to around 1863 and was used for decades to produce and tan leather.

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Current redevelopment site: Neumann Leathers, 300 Observer Highway, Hoboken. Photo by Chris Fry/Jersey Digs.

The hulking brick buildings have been home to an artist and light industrial community since the 1980s and the newest proposal to revitalize the land seeks to retain and enhance the existing tenants. Some of the components of the latest deal remain unchanged from our 2019 reporting, which aimed to preserve and rehabilitate 118,000 square feet of the historic buildings along Observer Highway.

The fresh amendments to the plan include a proposed 70,000 square feet of rehabilitated industrial arts space to go with the creation of 76,200 square feet of new commercial and retail properties. The owners of the parcels have also proposed the construction of 310 residential units at the site of a current parking lot, up from the 230 apartments that were first pitched in 2019.

Neumann Leathers Hoboken Aerial
Aerial site plan via the City of Hoboken.

The new building would still rise 14 stories per the previous scheme and 51 units of affordable and workforce housing would be included in the latest version. A parking garage with 204 spaces would be built in the possible redevelopment and Grand Street would be extended through the property between Newark Street and Observer Highway, with a bus stop to be added.

Neumann Leathers Hoboken New Portion
New portion of Neumann Leathers redevelopment. Rendering by Nastasi Architects.
Neumann Leathers Hoboken New Portion Newark And Grand Streets
The new portion of the Neumann Leathers redevelopment at Newark and Grand streets. Rendering by Nastasi Architects.

The proposed amendments would strive to create a dynamic public amenity via a 32,500-square-foot outdoor public plaza that would be built within an interior courtyard to be entered along Newark Street. The new plan additionally calls for a 9,500-square-foot indoor plaza set to feature some of the project’s planned retail space.

Neumann Leathers Hoboken Indoor Plaza Entrance
Proposed public plaza. Rendering by Nastasi Architects.
Neumann Leathers Hoboken Outdoor Interior Plaza
Proposed interior courtyard plaza. Rendering by Nastasi Architects.
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Proposed public plaza. Rendering by Nastasi Architects.

The reconstruction of the two mixed-use buildings would be carried out in accordance with historic standards and an existing smokestack at the property would be preserved under the deal. An underground water detention system capable of storing a minimum of 100,000 gallons of stormwater would be included and the plan calls for the creation of above-ground water runoff infrastructure and green roofs.

Neumann Leathers Hoboken Along Willow Avenue
Historical elements, including the smokestack, will be preserved. Rendering by Nastasi Architects.

Nastasi Architects is the firm working on the Neumann Leathers revitalization and released some new images of the proposal before the city council introduced the plan amendments during their March 3 meeting. Hoboken’s Office of Community Development will now be holding a virtual community meeting to discuss the changes, which could face a final council vote in the coming weeks.

The meeting, to be held on Zoom, starts on March 8 at 7:00 p.m. and can be joined at this link. The discussion will also be streamed live on the city’s Facebook page.


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