Renovations to the pool at Troy Towers are underway, with plans calling for an upgraded deck with ample sunning space, boomerang pergolas to create shade and defined outdoor space, with see-through glass railings to capture the views from the building at 380 Mountain Road in Union City. — Courtesy: Steven Kratchman Architect PC
By Joshua Burd
An extensive renovation of a 22-story residential building in Union City is underway, marking the start of a plan to modernize the 56-year-old property over the next several years.
Steven Kratchman Architect PC, a New York-based firm, is spearheading the work at Troy Towers on behalf of the building’s co-op. The firm noted that initial exterior enhancements focus on addressing the deterioration of the Trojan bas relief on the property’s central façade, with plans calling for a new ladder-style design constructed of metal with warm wood tones, which will stretch from the second to 12th floor and incorporate the building’s address.
The renovation at 380 Mountain Road follows the board of directors’ selection last year of Kratchman, which prepared a plan to reimagine the future of the high-rise and prioritize short- and long-term projects in conjunction with ongoing repair work.
“Creating a broader conceptual vision for the property is a natural extension of our process,” said Steven Kratchman, the firm’s owner and founder. “This master plan will serve as a guide over the next five to 10 years, allowing the board and shareholders to approach potential projects systematically as they upgrade the property to meet current and future needs.”
Built in 1966, Troy Towers has views of the New York City skyline and overlooks the Lincoln Harbor Marina, the Hudson River and Hoboken. Plans to update the complex also include revitalizing its front entrance and lobby and refreshing its interior amenities.
Also underway is the first phase of renovations to the pool area, which is expected to be completed by spring 2023, according to a news release. Kratchman said a new stainless steel pool will be installed in the existing footprint, with water features designed to appeal to the community’s multigenerational resident profile.
The upgraded deck, meantime, will feature ample sunning space, boomerang pergolas to create shade and defined outdoor space, with see-through glass railings to capture the views. The co-op is slated to submit plans to the city in the coming weeks for two new amenity-rich pool decks.
“This is a ’60s-era building that lacks the aesthetics and amenities found in the area’s newer luxury multifamily product,” Kratchman said. “These projects will begin to reinvigorate the property, incorporating contemporary living trends to meet resident demands.”