July 9th 2019 Historic Preservation Meeting – theater demolition reconsideration and resolution

The 6th meeting of the Historic Preservation Committee to discuss the future of the Madison, NJ movie theater. There were two items of discussion:

1) a vote of reconsideration on their vote to allow for demolition of the theater based on documents uncovered after a request of public documents, these can be read here: SMT Request for HPC Reconsideration

2) The final wording of the resolution

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Video: June 11, 2019 Save Madison Theater – Historic Preservation Committee meeting – Vote for Demolition

The June 11, 2019 Madison Historic Preservation Committee meeting was the 5th HPC meeting to discuss the fate of the historic 1925 Madison Movie Theater.  

Table of Contents (also available in the description of the video on YouTube):

  • A recusal:  1:42
  • Lawyer for Save Madison Theater comments prior to HPC leaving for “executive session”:  6:40
  • Lawyer for Save Madison Theater’s Statement prior to vote:  13:06
  • Lawyer for the Developer’s Statement prior to vote: 40:46
  • Additional Statement from the Lawyer for Save Madison Theatre:  54:34
  • Historic Preservation Committee members statements and votes:  57:53
  • Mandatory conditions placed on demolition and the proposed new building design:  1:32:44  
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Video: May 28th Madison HPC Meeting – The Save Madison Theatre organization presentations

On Tuesday, May 28, 2019 the 4th HPC Meeting about the future of the Madison Movie Theater at 14 Lincoln Place, Madison, NJ was held. After the 3 previous meetings primarily focusing on the developer’s presentation on the building they plan to construct if they are allowed to demolish the theater, this was the meeting where the possible continued use of the theater was presented. It also was the first time the citizens of Madison could comment on the planned demolition and construction. Unfortunately public commentary didn’t start until around 11PM, more than 3 hours into the proceeding. But more than a few brave souls stayed until the end to get their voice heard.

Table of Contents (also available in the description of the video on YouTube):

  • Introductions and agenda by the town lawyer:  First 8 minutes
  • Architect for the Developer presents revised slides: 8:00
  • Lawyer presenting Save Madison Theatre, Inc questions the architect for the developer:  17:22
  • Historic Preservation Committee questions the architect for the developer:    49:27
  • Structural Engineer for Save Madison Theatre testifies on the condition of the building:  56:15 
  • Historic Preservation Professional testifies on behalf of Save Madison Theatre:  1:33:40
  • Sandy of Save Madison Theatre testifies:  2:06:46  
  • Citizen questions for Save Madison Theater experts:  2:58:35
  • At Long last citizen comments!!!!  3:21:28 
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VIDEO:  Madison, NJ HPC May 6, 2019 – the future of the Madison Movie Theater (transcript available on our Resources page)

The developer’s architect presents their updated plans for the 4 story building that will replace the historic Madison Theatre if they get permission to demolish the building. Following the presentation Madison’s Historic Preservation Committee asks questions followed by questions from the people of the town.

Table of Contents (also available in the description of the video on YouTube):

  • Introductions by the Lawyers for the town and developer:   First 13 minutes
  • Architect for the Developer: 11:43
  • Committee Member questions for the architect: 34:17
  • Public asks questions for the architect: 1:43:15
  • Public comments on that day’s proceedings: 2:29:37

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VIDEO:  Madison, NJ HPC April 9, 2019 – the future of the Madison Movie Theater (transcript available on our Resources page)

The developer and town Historic Preservation Architects discuss the current state of the Madison Movie Theater.

Table of Contents (also available in the description of the video on YouTube):

      • Lawyer for the developer introduction: 3:11   
      • Lawyer for the town discusses a letter from Save Madison Theatre Inc’s Lawyer: 4:41   
      • Presentation by the Developer’s Historic Preservation Architect:  6:00
      • HPC asks questions of Developer’s Historic Preservation Architect:  27:00
      • Public asks questions of Developer’s Historic Preservation Architect: 1:00:50    
      • Presentation by the Town’s Historic Preservation Architect:  1:24:40  
      • HPC asks questions of the Town’s Historic Preservation Architect: 1:48:45  
      • Public asks questions of the Town’s Historic Preservation Architect:  2:11:02  

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VIDEO:  March 12, 2019 Madison Historic Preservation Committee – Proposed Theater Demolition (transcript available on our Resources page)

The developer presents their plan to demolish the existing 1925 Madison Movie Theater and replace it with a new four story apartment and retail building.  Due to time constraints there was no open comment period for the town’s people. 

Table of Contents (also available in the description of the video on YouTube):

• Attorney for the town outlines the rules for the meeting: 2:47
• Attorney for the developer introduces the proposal to the HPC: 8:34
• Developer introduces their plan: 14:58
• Citizen questions for the developer: 20:19
• Developer’s structural engineer: 36:56
• HPC questions for the developer’s structural engineer: 52:08
• Citizen questions for the developer’s structural engineer: 1:10:50
• The town’s structural engineer questions for the developer’s structural engineer: 1:33:04
• The town’s structural engineer: 1:35:05
• Presentation by the developer’s architect: 1:55:10
• HPC questions for the developer’s architect: 2:30:00
• Attorneys for the town and developer set next meeting date and expectations: 3:11:10

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