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Grant Application for Dunster Squibb Property is on Docket for Bernardsville Council

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BERNARDSVILLE NJ - The Bernardsville Borough Council will consider whether to make a new grant application for the ongoing renovation of the Dunster Squibb House at Monday's meeting.

The Dunster Squibb House is a historic property that the Borough purchased for $985,000 in 2008. The house was constructed in 1805 by James Dunster, and sits on property that at one time was part of the Squibb Estate. The Bernardsville Historic Preservation Advisory Committee supported the acquisition of the property, and has prepared numerous grant applications for the purchase and the ongoing renovation of the property.

The Friends of Historic Bernardsville prepared the grant application that the council will consider on Monday. If the council approves, then the borough will apply to the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission Historic Preservation Grants Program for several projects on the property.

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According to the proposed resolution, the projects include the digging of trenches and installation of drainage piping, regrading and reseeding the ground around the house, reinforcement of the concrete foundation, removal of the existing wood shingle siding, replacement of earlier clapboard siding, replacement of rotted door trim and painting the entire exterior of the house.

The work on the grounds will include an archeological investigation.

In 2013, the borough applied for and received a grant from Somerset County for the property.  The 2013 grant funded the shoring up of the main house, roofing replacements at the main house; chimney reconstruction above the main house roof; site clearance around the main house; and the fabrication and installation of a Somerset County historic marker. The amount of the 2013 award was $249,806.

The borough received a smaller award from Somerset County in 2012.

The Borough Council will consider the application at its public meeting on Monday, April 25.

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