Hat City Lofts

Orange, New Jersey

The Hat City Lofts, a mixed-use housing and arts-oriented complex, is being developed by HANDS, a non-profit housing and community development organization, as a part of their ‘Valley Arts’ development initiative. The project, a mix of market-rate and artist housing with work-studio spaces, along with arts oriented commercial space, occupies a vacant 2-building, late 19th / early 20th century hat manufacturing complex - originally the Berg Hat Factory.

Working with HANDS, LWDMR developed plans and received approvals to convert the building into 39 loft-style residential units plus 8,500sf of commercial space and 9 artist work-studios on the lower floors. The project includes a landscape interior courtyard and provides parking for 45 cars on two adjacent properties.