Last spring when U.S. 1 previewed a panel discussion on the Lindbergh case in the Hunterdon County Courthouse in Flemington, the exact venue where the kidnapping trial was held in 1934-’35, we ran a sidebar on an effort to preserve the historic Flemington downtown, which has been threatened by a major redevelopment proposal (U.S. 1, April 6, 2016).

Now the National Trust for Historic Preservation has placed the Union Hotel and its neighboring buildings on its list of the most endangered historic sites in America. “It’s the ultimate mark of respect for those who hope to redevelop these buildings with care, rather than tear them down,” said architect Chris Pickell. One of the people who nominated the site, Pickell works with Friends of Historic Flemington, which is fighting a proposal to raze the buildings and erect an eight-story residential/commercial/hotel complex.

A rally to save the Flemington buildings is scheduled Saturday, October 22, at 10 a.m. at the courthouse, across from the hotel.

The Friends of Historic Flemington are not opposed to redevelopment, Pickell said. “The borough needs it. We just think it should adhere to its existing Master Plan and Redevelopment Plan, which would rehabilitate the buildings, not raze them” and “wouldn’t let new construction exceed four stories.”

“If they’d just follow their own rules,” said Pickell, “things would be fine. There’s a plan from 2014 that borough council endorsed. Why don’t they implement that plan instead of changing everything?” For more information visit www.FriendsOfHistoricFlemington.com.

To the Editor:

Dedicate Gas Tax

To Transportation

The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce thanks Governor Chris Christie for signing into law the landmark and transformational legislation that will be a catalyst for economic growth in New Jersey for years to come, and benefit everyone who lives and works here. The Chamber also thanks Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto for their bipartisan leadership in making this legislation possible.

We also acknowledge Senators Paul Sarlo and Steve Oroho and Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald and Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick.

Finally, we thank the members of the State Senate and State Assembly from both parties who had the courage to stand up and vote for this legislation and do what is right for New Jersey.

To ensure that every cent of the gas tax is constitutionally dedicated to the Transportation Trust Fund, the State Chamber urges everyone to vote yes to Question 2 on Tuesday, November 8. By voting yes, the TTF will have the reliable, sustainable, and long-term funding source it has needed for decades.

Thomas Bracken

NJ Chamber of Commerce CEO

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