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Monday, August 27, 2018

HPC set to recommend expansion of Historic Districts

Proposed expansions to the Van Wyck Brooks (left) and
Netherwood Heights (right) Historic Districts.
Properties to be added are in color.

Plainfield Historic Preservation Commission meets to vote on proposed expansion to two existing historic districts Tuesday (August 28) at 7:30 PM in City Hall Library.

The public is welcome and will have a last opportunity to comment on the proposed expansions.

The proposals would add 230 properties to the existing Van Wyck Brooks and Netherwood Heights Historic Districts (see maps above).

More than 100 people turned out to comment on the proposal at a June meeting. HPC chair Bill Michelson advises that several smaller meetings have been held with affected property owners.

This is the first expansion of the districts since Plainfield began designating them in the 1970s.

The Van Wyck Brooks and Netherwood Heights Districts are prime candidates for expansion because they are the only two of Plainfield's Historic Districts with active member associations.

Residents may speak to the proposal and have questions answered before the vote is taken. It is expected that the Historic Preservation Commission will positively recommend the expansion to the Planning Board.

The Planning Board will take up the matter and can recommend adoption of the plan to the City Council. The Council's vote on the matter will be final.

The Historic Preservation Commission meets at 7:30 PM in City Hall Library.

City Hall is at Watchung Avenue and East 6th Street. Parking and entrance to the building at the rear.

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