FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 14, 2009

CONTACT: Sebastian D’Elia, 908-527-4419
Tina Casey, 908-527-4346

 

UNION COUNTY TO DISTRIBUTE APPLICATIONS FOR $500,000 IN HISTORIC PRESERVATION GRANTS
Preservation project also planned for Oak Ridge Park historic site

 

Elizabeth, NJ - The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders kicked off the 2009 Preserve Union County grant application process at the historic Homestead Farm at Oak Ridge Park on Thursday, May 14.  A total of $500,000 is available in matching grants to local historic preservation groups and municipalities.

The Freeholder Board also announced a project for the structural stabilization and preservation of the Homestead, a 250-year-old site that played a pivotal role in Revolutionary War events in Union County.

“One of the most powerful ways to stay connected with the past is to see it, touch it, and feel it come to life again,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella.  “Thanks to the many residents who support historic preservation, communities throughout Union County are living reminders of key events that shaped our nation.”

Preserve Union County and the Homestead project are both funded through the Union County Open Space, Recreation, and Historic Preservation Trust Fund.

The Homestead project will focus on stabilizing, repairing or replacing major elements of the structure, including the roof, chimneys, windows, doors, front porch, framing, foundation, and drainage.  Termite damage will also be repaired.

Preserve Union County is a matching grant program that has distributed $1.5 million to help fund local historic preservation projects.  The 2009 round of funding will bring the total to $2 million.

In previous years, Preserve Union County grant recipients have included the Reeves Reed Arboretum in Summit, Frazee House in Scotch Plains, Oswald J. Nitschke House in Kenilworth, and the First Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth.

To obtain a Preserve Union County grant application, call the Union County Open Space, Recreation and Historic Preservation Trust Fund at 908-558-2277.