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Restoration grants from NJ Historic Trust at risk; Legislature must act

June 19, 2009
Unless the Legislature acts soon, landmarks like Trenton's Roebling Machine Shop, a previous recipient of NJ Historic Trust grants for its restoration and adaptation as the Museum of Contemporary Science, will no longer have a source of funding.

Unless the Legislature acts soon, landmarks like Trenton's Roebling Machine Shop, a previous recipient of NJ Historic Trust grants for its restoration and adaptation as the Museum of Contemporary Science, will no longer have a source of funding.

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).

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Isaac Rivera permalink
    August 27, 2009 10:29 am

    We have a beautiful church located in the heart of Montclair New Jersey. As you know times are tuff with the economy. Our building is over 100 years old and needs restoration in many areas. I would like to know if anyone has any information on grants that could help us out.

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