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Hunterdon will match grant for courthouse improvements


The Hunterdon County Freeholder Board has approved an agreement with the New Jersey Historic Trust for a $747,000 grant, which the county will match, for restoration and renovations to the courthouse complex.

Plans call for stabilizing the structure, which is the site of the 1935 Lindbergh baby kidnapping trial and is a major tourist attraction in the county.

The project will include exterior upgrades, safety improvements to the steps and handrails, roof repairs, protection from weather, and energy saving windows, among other improvements. All rehabilitation work must meet the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation.

The last restoration work took place during the period 2000-2004.

“The Courthouse, located prominently and dominating Flemington’s Main Street, anchors the downtown business and historic district and is integral to the identity of Hunterdon County,” Freeholder John Lanza, liaison for the Cultural and Heritage Commission, said.

“Hunterdon County’s state Senators Kip Bateman and Mike Doherty, knowing the importance of this funding to Hunterdon County’s land preservation efforts, joined in sponsorship of the legislation.”