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Radio Ad calls for NJ Historic Trust, GSPT renewal

March 12, 2009

New Jersey’s nation-leading funding program to preserve historic sites, open space and farmland, the Garden State Preservation Trust, is out of money.  And so far, no plan is on the table to replenish the empty cash supply.  Meanwhile, historic buildings across the state continue to be at risk, and valuable open space and farmland are available for affordable prices.

Now is the time to invest in open space and historic preservation.  Restoration and rehabilitation of landmark buildings is labor intensive (more so than new construction) and requires more local materials.  Plus it’s much greener!  And state investment in the grant programs of the NJ Historic Trust will generate jobs at a critical time.

The Seabrook-Wilson House, 17th - 19th century landmark on Sandy Hook Bay, is under restoration by the Monmouth County Parks Department.

The Seabrook-Wilson House, 17th - 19th century landmark on Sandy Hook Bay, is under restoration by the Monmouth County Parks Department.

At the Seabrook-Wilson House in Point Monmouth, the current restoration project is employing more than 50 different craft employees on the job site, including  mechanical, paint, carpenters, laborers, masonry, roof, sheet metal, tile, insulation, wall board,  and flooring. For the fabrication, or off-site work required, an additional  20  jobs have been created.

Download and listen to the Keep it Green Radio Ad (MP3) currently being broadcast statewide.

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