October 12, 2017
The New Brunswick Performing Arts Center has officially broken ground and represents one of the largest public-private partnerships in the history of New Jersey. When completed, the 450,000 square foot development is expected to bring transformative change to the city’s Cultural Arts District and further bolsters New Brunswick’s legacy as a center of arts and culture.
DeSimone worked in collaboration with Elkus Manfredi Architects and New Brunswick Development Corporation (DEVCO) to accomplish the sprawling cultural complex. Components include two public theaters, three rehearsal theaters, a 344-space parking garage, along with 30,000 square feet of office and educational areas. The residential tower will rise above the theatre complex to include 207 units, a rooftop pool and recreation area, a demonstration kitchen, and collaborative work areas.
The City of New Brunswick and Devco held a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, October 4th, attended by community leaders, local, and state officials, including Mayor Jim Cahill, Rutgers President Robert L. Barchi, state Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney, Middlesex County Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios and Devco President Christopher J. Paladino.
Mayor James M. Cahill speaks at New Brunswick PAC groundbreaking ceremony [Source: My Central Jersey].