Four towns to share $93,000 in historic preservation grants

TRENTON – Four municipalities in Cape May and Essex counties will receive grants for historic preservation purposes, the Department of Environmental Protection announced.

The grants, totaling $93,000, will be used to conduct surveys and to create guidelines, DEP said.

The grants are being awarded to Cape May City ($25,000), Maplewood ($20,000), Montclair ($23,500) and West Orange ($24,500).

The approved projects:

Cape May City: Ongoing historic district survey. So far, 883 properties have been surveyed, 457 properties remain to be surveyed, and this grant will allow for the completion of an additional 185 surveys.

West Orange: Architectural survey of 100 historic resources in the St. Cloud neighborhood and the Main Street corridor.

Maplewood: Fourth phase of architectural survey to address approximately 270 historic resources in the College Hill neighborhood.

Montclair: Proposes the creation of historic preservation design guidelines.

“These grants give communities the tools to create a future for historic properties through municipal planning and ultimately through the actions of many New Jersey residents who proudly preserve the historic homes and properties in their communities,’’ said Dan Saunders, administrator of the State Historic Preservation Office, in a release. Four towns to share $93,000 in historic preservation grants