FLEMINGTON, NJ – It’s not a done deal.

But Carrie Fellows, the county’s Director of Planning and Land Use and Planning, told the Hunterdon Freeholders yesterday that they are in line for a share of $11.9 million in state grants, which Hunterdon would use to make “substantial” improvements to the old historic Courthouse on Main Street here.

The grants were approved by the state Historic Trust – which is part of the Department of Community Affairs – but will require a legislative appropriations bill and the governor’s approval before funds become available. 

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The Hunterdon County Historic Courthouse complex, which encompasses the jail and warden’s house, is among the sites recommended for large-scale, multi-phased projects funding. The first phase is recommended at $747,000 and requires matching funds from the county.

The Phase 1 work is limited to the Courthouse and includes exterior stucco repair/replacement, roof repair and replacement, stone repointing, the integration of unobtrusive banner hanging systems, and the addition of power at key locations to facilitate outdoor events.

On the interior, work includes plaster repair and repainting of areas that have been damaged by water infiltration, lighting and other improvements to the exhibit display areas, security improvements for the exhibit and other areas, electrical improvements, lighting upgrades (including replacement of inefficient fixtures with LEDs and the installation of flexible lighting in the gallery spaces) and the installation of interior storm windows that will help to reduce energy use.

Phase 2 work will focus on the restoration of the exterior and interior of the Jail and Warden’s House. This project includes the repair and partial replacement of the roof, extensive stone repointing, and window replacement. On the interior, work incudes plaster repair and repainting of areas that have been damaged by water infiltration, and ADA upgrades with the installation of automatic door operators.