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Local Environmental Group Looking To Preserve Historic Long Branch Structure

LONG BRANCH: A local environmental group is looking to continue the restoration of one of the city's oldest structures.

Whale Pond Brook Watershed Association (WPBWA) Director Faith Teitelbaum is requesting that the city council provide matching funds for the 2016 Monmouth County Historic Preservation Grant program to help put some finishing touches on the 116-year-old Ross Island stone hut.

Ross Island is small island located at the western end of Lake Takanassee which contains the stone hut that was originally part of the estate of a local civil engineer P. Sanford Ross. It is now owned by the city.

The grant funds would be used to replace the stones that were removed during the process of getting rid of the vegetation that was once growing over the hut.

The project is estimated to cost about $8,000, so the city would be responsible for fronting half the cost under the rules of the matching county grant. The city provided $1,819 in 2013 for the removal of the vegetation as well.

Teitelbaum said she feels the stone hut could one day be placed on the National Register of Historic Places and that the work currently being done to it would allow that to happen. If the stones are replaced there are no major repairs that need to be made with the exception of a few cracks.

The city council agreed to take the request under consideration.


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