The decision to designate the Huestis home in Montclair a historical landmark at Tuesday night’s council meeting did not come as a surprise. But it provided welcome closure to a hotly pursued neighborhood goal to protect the historic residence. The town council voted unanimously to make Huestis house Montclair’s first locally designated landmark. From The Star Ledger:
“We’re seeing a pattern and practice that’s alarming to us,” said Mayor Ed Remsen before the council unanimously voted, with councilor Robin Schlager absent, to landmark the 1888 estate.”
Owner Brigitte Van Note called it “a bad precedent.” The Van Notes have been renovating the 22 room mansion, and it may be for sale as early as this January.
Next month, Montclair’s council is to hear from the Historic Preservation Commission on how to proceed with what Remsen called “the next tier” of residential properties that have been identified for landmark designation.
On Tuesday night, (Deputy Mayor) Tobin also introduced a measure to create an Upper Montclair Historic Business District encompassing 103 properties.