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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Kean offers historic preservation workshops

View from the roof of City Hall toward historic
Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church
during restoration of City Hall cupola.

Plainfielders interested in historic preservation should check out the "Preservation in Practice" workshop Kean University has scheduled for Saturday, March 28 at its Ocean County campus.

The well-organized program is intended as a primer for Historic Preservation Commissions as well as planning and zoning board members and elected officials who are concerned about the stewardship of a community's historic resources.

Plainfield can be particularly proud of the number of historic districts (including commercial and civic as well as residential locales), but the workshop looks like it could benefit even those who have been involved in the preservation movement for a long time -- as have many Plainfield activists.
Two of the topics to be covered caught my eye in particular --

  • One concerns the need to update surveys and using the ordinance to make informed decisions that will withstand legal challenges;

  • The other guides commission members through the necessary protocol for conducting a fair and effective open public meeting.
The program gets under way at 8:30 AM and runs to 4:00 PM. The $75 registration fee includes lunch. See the program website here for more information and registration details.

I was a bit mystified by the location information: clicking on the link for Kean's Ocean County Campus in Toms River takes you to the Ocean County Community College website where there are both a map and driving instructions. However, none of the buildings is identified by name as a Kean building and the building number Kean gives on the event website doesn't seem to square with the map. You may have to call for clearer info: (908) 737-0258 or email

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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