Real Estate

Plainfield HPC Plans Historic District Expansion

525cd7369b587de961a1_Screen_Shot_2017-11-14_at_11.34.41_PM.jpg
525cd7369b587de961a1_Screen_Shot_2017-11-14_at_11.34.41_PM.jpg

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The Historic Preservation Commission is proposing expansion of two Plainfield historic districts and expects to hold public hearings in 2018.

As explained by HPC Chairman William Michelson, the process will involve the HPC first, then the Planning Board and finally passage by ordinance of the expansions. Plainfield has six residential historic districts, but only the Van Wyck Brooks and Netherwood Heights districts are being considered for expansion at this time.

Preservationist Barton Ross surveyed all 249 properties under consideration, producing a hefty document about three inches thick. Michelson said the Netherwoodpdf properties are at the edges of the existing district, while the Van Wyck Brookspdf expansion goes in three directions, west on Eighth Street to Grant Avenue, south to Du Cret School of Art and along Kenyon Avenue.

Sign Up for E-News

While preservation has many enthusiasts in the city, the HPC anticipates some objection to the expansion and will launch an educational campaign on the benefits of inclusion in a district. Since the preservation movement was launched in the 1980s, it has gained national attention and brought many visitors to the city for house tours showcasing its eclectic historic styles of architecture.

LEARN MORE:  8 Benefits of Establishing a Local Historic Districtpdf

Michelson said every property owner will be notified of all the hearings, which are likely to start in early 2018. The HPC will lead the effort. 

Plainfield’s resources on preservation include online maps and details of every district and site designated so far, as well as Historic Preservation Guidelinespdf. The main rule for repairs or renovation is replacing “like with like,” meaning use of wood, slate, and other original materials. The HPC offers guidance, such as it did Tuesday for a Brooklyn couple looking to renovate a newly-purchased property in a Plainfield historic district.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Plainfield

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_d5e53128e2f7325291d8_071618puppet

Mon, July 16, 11:30 AM

Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield

Puppet Show

Carousel_image_e494ac4a13e4230208bf_holy_savior_academy

Tue, July 17, 5:00 PM

South Plainfield

Holy Savio Open House July 17th

Carousel_image_e494ac4a13e4230208bf_holy_savior_academy

Tue, July 17, 5:00 PM

South Plainfield

Holy Savior Open House July 17th

The War on Immigrants: How Far is too Far

July 15, 2018

"First, they came for the Communists, and I did not speak out - Because I was not a Communist. 

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out - Because I was not a Trade Unionist. 

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out - Because I was not a Jew. 

Then they came for me - and there was no one left to speak for me."

This quote ...

Plainfield BOE Member on Naming of the New School

July 12, 2018

On Tuesday, June 19, 2018 – I, Carmencita Pile, an elected Plainfield School Board member presented this during the Plainfield School Board monthly business meeting to the public and to the board after being recognized by Plainfield School Board President Mr. Richard Wyatt.

On Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 12:10PM an email was sent from the Plainfield School District's Postmaster that ...

Police Investigators Seek Public’s Help in Fatal Crash

July 15, 2018

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The South Plainfield Police Department and Middlesex County Prosecutors Office are looking for the public’s help in the July 4, 2018 fatal motorcycle accident that killed 28 year-old Jessica Montes of Piscataway.

According to police, the accident occurred at approximately 4:50am as the vehicle Montes was a passenger lost control and crashed on New Brunswick ...

La Guerra contra los Inmigrantes- Cuando es Demasiado?

July 15, 2018

"Primero, vinieron por los comunistas, y yo no hable- por que no era comunista.

Después, vinieron por los sindicalistas, y yo no hable- por que no era sindicalista.

Después, vinieron por los judíos, y yo no hable- por que no era judío. 

Después, vinieron por mí- y no hubo nadie para hablar por mí."

Este dicho por el ...

Mayor Mapp:  El Programa de Verano de los Jóvenes

El lunes, 9 de julio, nuevas caras alumbraran las oficinas de la Alcaldía. Nuestro Programa de Verano de los Jóvenes por fin comienza, y otra vez los empleados tendrán la oportunidad de ser mentores de un nuevo grupo de jóvenes.

El Programa de Verano de los Jóvenes corre por seis semanas todos los años y les da la oportunidad de empleo y experiencia a ...

Featured Business: Studio 15 Young Plainfield Entrepreneurs Expand Business Once More

“What you see behind me is a life-changing project for myself that I have been working on since January 2017, nearly two years, discreetly; not sharing much about it with anybody. I've had plenty of reasons to give up on this truck; I purchased it pretty much from the ground up from Rashine Mobile, another local city entrepreneur. The truck had no steering column, no computer; it ...

'Servant of Two Masters' exudes foolish fun

‘Servant of Two Masters’ makes for foolish, frivolous fun

By Liz Keill

MADISON, NJ –Carlo Goldoni’s “The Servant of Two Masters,” in a rousing translation and adaptation by Bonnie J. Monte, has the outdoor audience at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey laughing and clapping all the way through.

The yearly production, held at the amphitheatre on the ...

Lucia, Lucia by Adriani Trigiani

Lucia, Lucia by Adriana Trigiani (Ballentine Books, 2003)

 

If a summer romance novel is what you are craving to read as you sit by the pool or beach, Adriana Trigiani's Lucia, Lucia is a perfect choice. Set in 1950 New York City, the novel is about a young woman, Lucia Sartori, who is determined to have a career and be able to support herself, an unusual choice for a girl who was ...

The Anatomy of Escape by Mike Blue

The Anatomy of Escape: An Unconventional Adventure by Mike Blue (Available on Amazon)

 

Imagine that you could just say, “Chuck it,” and walk away from the bonds that keep you tied to what Mike Blue, author of The Anatomy of Escape: An Unconventional Adventure, defines as the restrictive Work-Consume-Die cycle. To most of us, becoming what Blue terms “a ...

The Death of Koko the Gorilla

Koko's Kitten, Koko's Story, The Eduction of Koko all by Dr. Francine Patterson

 

Last night when I heard about the death of Koko, the lowland gorilla who was educated to communicate through American Sign Language by Dr. Francine Patterson, I went numb with grief. I have followed the life of Koko, her two gorilla companions, Michael and Ndume, as well as Dr. Patterson for forty ...

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn

The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn (William Morrow, 2018)

 

A friend, whose opinion on literature I respect greatly, reported to me recently that she had just finished reading A.J. Finn's debut novel, The Woman in the Window. Of it she said, “I wish I hadn't finished it,” which I interpreted to mean, “It was so good I'm sorry that I finished it.” ...

When the Men Go Off to War by Victoria Kelly

When the Men Go Off to War by Victoria Kelly (Naval Institute Press, 2015)

Victoria Kelly's first published volume of poetry, When the Men Go Off to War, is a wonder in that poems can be written so beautifully about the subject of war. Each poem is a jewel, polished and colorful, glittering with elegant imagery, and rich in emotional wallop. The book, divided into three sections, ...

The Queen of the Big Time by Adriana Trigiani (Ballentine Books, 2005)

            The Queen of the Big Time by Adriana Trigiani, a New York Times best selling author, was recommended to me by a young woman who actually came from the town of Roseto, Pennsylvania, the place where the novel is set. “The author did such a wonderful job of describing how the town actually is,” said the young lady.