CRANFORD - For years, Loretta Smith, Don Smith, and Carole Esposito among others have been working diligently to get Sunny Acres recognized as a Cranford Historic District. On Tuesday, July 17th, the Township Committee gave the official approval.

Sunny Acres consists of 172 homes in the southern section of Cranford, built between 1940 and 1943. It is a neighborhood of Cape Cod and Colonial Revival-style homes built from 12 basic plans. 

The ordinance will designate all of the homes of Sunny Acres as Cranford's first historic district, but does not prevent homeowners from making any changes to their properties. Of the 172 home, 134, or about 78% of them are still recognizable as to the original construction. It was also the first development in Cranford that made 30-year mortgages available to potential homeowners, making homeownership an option for working-class and middle-class families. 

All five members of the Township Committee voted yes to the ordinance. The public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, August 14th.