By David Madden
CAMDEN, N.J. (CBS) — Historic preservationists in New Jersey have released their annual Top 10 list of endangered buildings in the state, and two of them are in our immediate area.
You’ve probably never heard of the Benjamin Cooper House in Camden (top photo), which was a ferry tavern in its heyday. It’s falling apart now.
Or the Green Hotel in Woodbury (below), a Second Empire-style building that is being threatened by demolition.
Stephanie Cherry-Farmer, with Preservation New Jersey, says the private owner of the Cooper House in Camden and the church in Woodbury that wants to bulldoze the Green Hotel for a parking lot have other options.
“There are grants and incentives out there to assist people who own historic buildings,” she tells KYW Newsradio, “however they are dwindling — and have been dwindling in the face of economic reality.”
In fact, she says, a pair of state trust funds targeting preservation are running out of money. And without some new funds from somewhere, efforts like this may be in serious trouble.