Elizabeth Church & Historic Kenilworth House To Receive Funding
(20th LEGISLATIVE DISTRICT) – Legislation sponsored by Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Cryan and Assemblywoman Annette Quijano to help preserve two Union County historic sites was signed into law on Monday.
The bill (A-4058) appropriates about $10.85 million from 2009 Historic Preservation Fund and the 2007 Historic Preservation Fund to provide grants for historic preservation projects. The funding was approved by voters during 2007 and 2009 referendums.
Among other projects, the bill provides:
· $79,242 for the First Presbyterian Church of Elizabeth in Elizabeth.
· $150,000 for the Oswald J. Nitschke House in Kenilworth.
“Our history is our heritage, and it’s something we should always be looking to take advantage of as best as possible to promote tourism, economic development and job creation,” said Cryan (D-Union). “Preserving our history is something the voters support, and it’s a smart investment that should make our communities for years to come. It’s a shared commitment.”
“Historic preservation creates jobs, sparks economic growth and improves property values,” said Quijano (D-Union). “It can also help foster community pride, an appreciation of our heritage and an education for our younger generations. With public support, we’re preserving our history and together making stronger neighborhoods.”