Hinchliffe Stadium Neighborhood Restoration Project
Real estate developer and Paterson native Baye Adofo-Wilson of BAW Development and Edward Martogolio of RPM Partners have teamed with the City of Paterson and the Paterson Public School District to develop an ambitious neighborhood redevelopment project centered around the preservation and restoration of Hinchliffe Stadium and Paterson’s Great Falls.
The project, known as the Hinchliffe Stadium Neighborhood Restoration Project (HSNRP) includes:
the preservation and restoration of Hinchliffe Stadium
the development of a restaurant for sports fans, open during both stadium events and non-stadium hours
an exhibition space dedicated to the Negro Baseball Leagues, as well as broader historic racial issues including Jim Crow and white supremacy
A six-story, USGBC LEED Platinum-certified affordable senior housing building featuring 75 units, reserved for residents 55 and older who earn up to 60% of the area median income
a 5,200-square foot preschool for four-year-olds
a 314-space structured parking garage.
The partnership broke ground on Hinchliffe Stadium in April 2021, and the project is expected to be completed by early 2023.
Originally constructed in 1932, Hinchliffe Stadium’s exterior features Art Deco design, while its interior holds a horseshoe-shaped, cast concrete classical amphitheater stadium that could once house 10,000 people. One of two remaining stadiums where Negro Baseball League teams played, the stadium once served as home field for the New York Black Yankees and the New York Cubans, including Paterson native and Hall of Fame baseball player Larry Doby. Later in its history, it also hosted local football games, motorcar racing, boxing tournaments and concerts events. Listed as a National Historic Landmark, it is located within Paterson Great Falls National Historic Park and sits just a few hundred feet from the Great Falls.
The plan to renovate Hinchliffe Stadium includes preserving the historic seating bowl to seat 7,800 people, making Hinchliffe Stadium ADA compliant and increasing the number of restrooms within the stadium. The stadium will also feature a state-of-the-art synthetic field with new lighting and a new scoreboard, and will serve as John F. Kennedy High School’s home field for football, soccer, track and field, lacrosse, softball and baseball. It will also be available for concerts, festivals, sports camping and other semi-pro and professional sporting events.
There will be 75 units of age restricted housing built next to Hinchliffe Stadium. Hinchliffe Housing will be a six-story building located at the northwest corner of Hinchliffe Stadium for the 55 and older population. It will be low-income housing for individuals that are
The total budget for this Hinchliffe Neighborhood Restoration Project is $94 million, which includes New Jersey State Tax Credits (ERG), New Market Tax Credits, Federal Historic Tax Credits and Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, and federal, state, county and foundation grants.
JOB CREATION (estimated)
Construction – 144 across trades
Permanent – 37 from residential, garage, and restaurant
Local Hiring - 30% minority/local target
MBE/WBE/SBE Spending – 20% target
To Great Falls National Historical Park / City events
Serving low-income seniors