Restoration grants from NJ Historic Trust at risk; Legislature must act
Just days remain in their session and the New Jersey Legislature is poised to take the summer and fall off without acting to extend the NJ Historic Trust restoration and rehabilitation grants by putting a measure on the fall ballot. The Historic Trust, along with Green Acres open space preservation and Farmland Preservation programs, are out of money for the first time in decades, but a bill pending in the legislature would allow New Jersey voters to decide whether to extend the programs for three years with a $600 million bond.
The state’s only grant program for rehabilitation and restoration of public buildings, churches, museums and other cherished landmarks has spurred hundreds of millions of dollars in historic preservation projects in every county and created hundreds of skilled jobs in construction, architecture, planning, engineering and other building crafts.
To urge legislators to act before they adjourn before June 30, go to the Keep it Green website where you can send messages to Gov. Corzine and key legislators urging them to act. Also please call Assembly Speaker Joe Roberts (856-742-7600) and Senate President Richard Codey (973-731-6770).