Asbury Park has seen a surge of new development following the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy, though up to this point, most of that has been new residential or hotel space. Now, plans have been revealed for a new performing arts center, dubbed Asbury J.A.M.S., and the building promises to anchor further improvements to the oceanfront community.
The three-story project will total 60,000 square feet, and is being designed by Shore Point Architecture, which is based in Pennsylvania. Per the architects, the building “will provide both a visual gateway to the Springwood Avenue Corridor and serve as a destination for people coming to Asbury Park to experience the city’s vibrant Arts and Music scene.”
There will be a 200-seat theatre and lecture hall, a “museum-quality gallery space,” as well as a “lounge/restaurant designed as part supper club, part theatre.”
Design-wise, the building will be quite attractive, featuring a wood-paneled facade that will be inset with massive floor-to-ceiling windows. Up top, there will also be a green roof, which will be accessible to visitors.
No completion date has been formally announced yet, but the proposal comes after Asbury Park’s designation as New Jersey’s 33rd official “transit village,” per Jersey Digs, which also notes that ground-breaking is still two years away.