The Morris County Historic Preservation Trust Fund Review Board has recommended $4.4 million in county grants to help preserve, restore, or protect 28 historic sites in 18 towns across Morris County.
The grant money would come from the voter-approved Morris County Open Space, Farmland, Floodplain Protection and Historic Preservation Trust Fund. The recommendations were presented last evening at the Morris County Board of Freeholders remote meeting (due to COVID-19).
Project Name: Lake Hopatcong Train Station – Site Restoration
Applicant: Lake Hopatcong Foundation
Location: Roxbury Twp.
Grant Type: Construction
Grant Amount: $331,632
This 1911 train station was part of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad and the Lackawanna Cutoff project. From the station passengers could easily transfer to steamboats connecting to the Morris County Canal. The building was constructed of rubble stone with glazed terra cotta detailing. This grant will provide for site restoration including landscape improvements and anew rear door.
Project Name: Former Borough Hall- Preservation Plan
Applicant: Mount Arlington Borough
Location: Mount Arlington Boro.
Grant Type: Non-Construction
Grant Amount: $22,400
The 1891-1892 Craftsman style building was constructed for use as a municipal building, school, and post office. The building has also been used as a public library and police headquarters. It has been unoccupied since 2003. The Former Borough Hall building is contributing to a National and NJ Register district. This grant will provide for the completion of a Preservation Plan.
Projects in 18 Towns Would Get Voter-Approved Funding
The freeholders, who were briefed on the projects by Review Board Chairwoman Nita Galate, will make a final decision on the recommendations at the board's Aug. 12 public meeting.
The restoration, rehabilitation, and preservation work that is aided by this voter-approved grant program allows us preserve and better understand Morris County’s history, and it maintains important links to our past, ’’ said Morris County Freeholder
“The many dedicated county residents who work to maintain our history, which offers lessons for the present and ensures an inheritance for our future, deserve our sincere thanks,’’ said Ray Chang, Historic Preservation Program Coordinator for Morris County. “These county grants assist their efforts to ensure that our county’s heritage and architectural legend are sustained.”
Recommended projects are located in Boonton, Chatham Township, Denville, Dover, East Hanover, Hanover, Kinnelon, Madison, Mendham, Morristown, Mount Arlington, Mount Olive, Netcong.
Complete list of projects: 2020 HP Recommendations - Chart
Summary of each project: 2020 HP Recommendations - Summary
Information on the selection process: Historic Preservation site.
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