The good news for the Hopatcong School District is that the final sale of the closed Hudson Maxim school will be finalized on Monday, 28, 2021.
The building was sold for over $1.2M, with the buyer intending on utilizing the building as a for-profit school for Chinese students from China that are studying in the US. The building will be an extension of the existing school(s) in Somerset, NJ, and used for High School aged students. The total number of students is expected to be low (~15) at the opening of the school.
As outlined in the above video from Mr. Joseph S. Piccirillo, Assistant Superintendent of schools the buyer is eager to get started and is already in conversation with the school district on possible areas of partnership for the Chinese High School students.
Exact Redesign is Unknown:
Since the deal has not been finalized as of this article, the buyer has not submitted to the Hopatcong Land Use Board how they may seek to redesign the building. In the past, the Land Use Board and Hopatcong Council have indicated that they are very open to ideas and looking to work with the buyer on improving this area of redevelopment.
If the zoning remains the same (School Usage) then the new buyer will be able to use the parking lot across the street, through the easement agreement with the Borough of Hopatcong.
Other Ideas for the Building:
Residents that have been following the sale process have voiced their opinions on what they would like to see in that space, with a town recreation center being the most popular. The problem with the idea based upon feedback from town officials is that the school is owned by the school district, and the cost would be prohibitive for the Borough to purchase the building.
Another idea that became popular after the completion of the market study was adding up to a three-story residential housing that could fit specialized or regular housing needs in the area.
After the sale is finalized on June 29, 2021, more information will become available as plans are submitted to the Hopatcong Land Use Board in the upcoming months.
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