Save Historic Craftsman Bungalow House at 106 Eastman St. Cranford, NJ from Demolition!
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We, the undersigned, hereby petition the Cranford Township Zoning Board of Adjustment and the Cranford Planning Board not to allow Eastman Properties or other owners of 106 Eastman St. to demolish the historic home and carriage house on that property. In addition to signing this petition, we urge the public to attend the Zoning Board meeting on June 11 at 8 Springfield Ave, Cranford, NJ room 107 at 8:15 PM. In-person public opinions matter to the board's decisions. Please, Attend the Meeting!
Plans have been submitted to the Township to demolish the house and carriage house at 106 Eastman Street and construct a three-story retail and residential building. The house, a rare, fine, beautiful example of a Craftsman-influenced Bungalow with a carriage house, is a unique architectural resource in Cranford’s historic downtown. Passersby stop to admire its beauty. Its position serves as a buffer or transitional property from Cranford’s business downtown district to the residential historic neighborhood to the north. Losing one more historic resource will be taking another step toward eroding the charm that makes Cranford attractive to residents and visitors alike. The Cranford Historic Planning Advisory Board urges the Zoning Board to carefully consider the application.
This home, like Cranford's other old homes, must be protected. Allowing people to destroy these homes is the same as destroying our town. The house is in very good structural condition and demolition would be a waste of resources as well as destruction of an example of fine, careful and quality home building. There are about 25 mature trees on the property, the removal of which would have consequences on flooding, shading, and air quality to the surrounding area as well as wildlife habitat. There is a children's day-care center next door and there would be a detrimental impact by automobile traffic on the street by the proposed new use of the property.
We urge the planning and zoning boards to say NO to the proposal for demolition and building. Keep Cranford Beautiful!
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