Municipal officials celebrated the allocation of $1 million in state grant for the restoration of historic Hinchliffe Stadium.
Governor Phil Murphy signed the urban parks grant allocation measure put forth by senator Nellie Pou and assembly members Shavonda Sumter and Benjie Wimberly on Jan. 21.
“We’re here to form an united front to say Hinchliffe Stadium is coming back,” said mayor Andre Sayegh during a press conference with the legislators outside the stadium on Friday.
Sayegh thanked Pou, Sumter, and Wimberly for working to get the funding. A $76-million plan has been outlined to restore the crumbling ballpark that has been closed for decades.
Municipal officials picked developer Baye Adofo-Wilson to restore the stadium. Sayegh has earmarked $50 million in state tax credits for the restoration of the stadium.
The project, funded through state and federal tax credits, includes housing and a parking deck. The 7,800-seat stadium restoration will cost $31.37 million. A six-story building with 75 apartments will cost $24.65 million. A four-story parking deck, 314 spaces, will cost $16.37 million. And a restaurant with exhibition space will cost $4.28 million.
Adofo-Wilson hopes to break ground on the restoration project in mid-2020.
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