Historic Preservation Grant Pending for Van Riper-Hopper House
State could appropriate $9,500 to help preserve historic house.
More than $9,000 could be appropriated to help preserve the Van Riper-Hopper House if the state Legislature approves a slew of Historic Preservation Grants.
The Christie administration has included 37 preservation projects that would receive $1.4 million in matching grant funding, including Van Riper-Hopper House. The recommendations must go before the Garden State Preservation Trust for ratification before heading to the Legislature for approval.
The house is one of the oldest buidings in New Jersey. The Dutch Colonial was built in 1786.
Funding for the 2012 grant round is coming from the Garden State Preservation Trust Fund, which was created to preserve open space, farmland and historic sites with money raised through voter-approved bond referendums.
"These matching grants go to projects that encourage local investment, create jobs, stimulate economic growth and attract tourism," said New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Richard Constable, III. "New Jersey's history is a great asset for attracting residents and businesses to participate in our state's growth and development."