American Express recently awarded Hinchliffe Stadium a $300,000 grant to restore two historic ticket booths at the front door of the stadium. The project is scheduled to start this fall. In June, the Paterson Board of Education awarded a contract to the company Retail & Development Strategies to conduct a comprehensive market analysis and feasibility study of the stadium. This study is funded by a $197,000 federal grant secured by the late New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg, and is slated to be completed by December 2015. It will identify long-term revenue uses to support preservation and maintenance. Currently, the stadium’s primary use is as a school sports facility, but the Board of Education is attempting to evaluate ways to make money from other community uses. They also hope that this will attract private investment from commercial developers, who would enter into a long-term lease agreement with the schools and city to operate the site.
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