Projects in Orange

HANDS is in the process of renovating two vacant problem properties in the Valley neighborhood of Orange, NJ.

Kelli J. Copeland Artist Lofts
400 South Jefferson Street


Look forward to the opening of the Kelli J. Copeland Artist Lofts Winter 2013. This artist live/work building will house eight affordable artist live/work rentals and 4,600 sq. ft. of ground floor arts retail, production and program space. The new complex will incorporate the existing light industrial building, former home of the Ideal Engraving Company.




F. Berg Hat Factory
475 South Jefferson Street


This three-building complex, once the home of F. Berg hat factory, dating from 1864 and 1907, will be converted to loft condominiums and the remaining 8,300 sq. ft. will become the Hat Factory Arts Center - housing artist work studios and a dramatic multi-use arts space for gallery shows, arts workshops, rehearsal space and arts symposiums. Artists of every discipline will be afforded the space to work, create, and present their art. The loft condos will be sold and the Arts Center will be owned and operatied by HANDS, maintaining long term affordability for its arts tenants.

This $9.5 million project has always been seen as an anchor project for Valley redevelopment and the Valley Arts District.