Council supports request for Wallisch Homestead funds

WEST MILFORD. A representative of the Passaic County Historic Trust says $15,250 is not coming because the regrant application was not submitted by the deadline.

| 19 Mar 2023 | 08:03

After learning that a regrant of $15,250 from the Passaic County Historic Trust for the Wallisch Homestead restoration project was not renewed, representatives of the Friends of the Wallisch Homestead (FOWH) turned to the Township Council.

At their March 15 meeting, council members approved a resolution endorsing the regrant application submission to the county.

Ron Perez and other FOWH members explained that they had been assured that the project would receive the regrant. But in a phone call at 2 p.m. Friday, March 10, they were told that the money was not coming because the application had not been filed by the deadline.

The council’s resolution noted that the FOWH was seeking $15,250 for phase two of the restoration project.

Phase two will be a formal plan, including architectural and engineering drawings of the exterior building and interior elements, and analysis of existing conditions, such as structural problems of all buildings on the property.

It also would have recommendations for adaptive reuse with cost estimates for restoration, preservation or rehabilitation, including maintenance costs.

Barton Ross & Partners of Livingston is the architectural firm that the FOWH chose to prepare a historical, architectural report.

The property, owned by West Milford, is to be used by the public, with educational, wildlife and recreation programs.