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Monday, October 24, 2011

Hidden Plainfield: 'Out of sight, out of mind' property ID


Image from Google maps shows deep setback for this 19th-century dwelling.
Yesterday's Hidden Plainfield is in the 500-block of West Front Street, as one reader surmised.

This house dates back to when the crossing of the Green Brook next to the Drake House was one of the earliest between the south and north sides of the brook which helped coalesce Plainfield as a settled village in the early days of the Republic.

It does indeed back up to the Elmwood Gardens public housing complex, which the Planning Board has just recommended to the City Council be declared 'in need of redevelopment' so that it can be replaced by single-family townhouses.

One of the compelling reasons for the designation by the Planning Board is that criminal elements continually render the single front doors to the units unlockable, essentially making it possible for drug dealers to hold tenants hostage in their apartments.

Where shall we go next week?

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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