Asbury Park’s Qspot purchases the building

Tina P. Hungrige, John Mikytuck, and Kathleen Durand
Tina P. Hungrige, Lakeland Bank; John Mikytuck, QSpot; and Kathleen Durand, NJ Economic Development. Authority

New LGBTQ Center is fully functioning after two years of renovations and COVID

QSpot LGBT Community Center has purchased their new LGBTQ Center location in Asbury Park. After nearly two years of renovations, the property acquisition was finalized at the offices of Lakeland Bank. Lakeland helped finance the sale, with additional financial support from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA). The law firm of Lowenstein Sandler LLP represented QSpot.

“This is a momentous accomplishment for QSpot,” said John Mikytuck, QSpot Executive Director. “Five years ago, when QSpot was facing eviction, we vowed never again to find ourselves at a landlord’s whim. Today, with the financial support of Lakeland Bank and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority, along with the incredible generosity of our community, unlimited assistance from Lowenstein Sandler, and the dedication of an amazing Board of Trustees, we’ve ensured that QSpot, and those who’ve come to rely on us, will always have a safe, welcoming place to call home.”

QSpot’s new building is located at 1601 Asbury Ave. in Asbury Park. The building features the QSpot Cafe, a coffeehouse and cafe gathering spot. It also has a large meeting space and outdoor seating and a full audio video system.

QSpot’s new property is a dedicated safe space where LGBTQ and allied community members can socialize, engage, and be supported without fear of prejudice or discrimination, said Mikytuck.

The center hosts many events daily for the community. On Saturday’s the center runs a coffeehouse all day for the local LGBTQ community.