Huestis House Wins Historic Status

Huestis%20House.jpg

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.

Click here to sign up for Baristanet's free daily emails and news alerts.

47 COMMENTS

  1. “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.”
    More fun awaits. I suspect there will be less than universal support when scores of people lose some of their property rights.

  2. Public hearings have taken place regarding the Upper Montclair Business District. From what I’ve heard, there is very little opposition to the district. When do you think all this opposition will come forward? I think the MHPC and the planning board have already sent their recommendations to the council.

  3. Too bad the neighborhoods that abut the Bloomfield Avenue business district don’t warrant the same considerations. Seems quite clear that this area of town will be ground zero for all sorts of unwanted development, parking lots, traffic and noise. But of course that’s what the MEDC wants, which is to acquire more lebensraum for its greedy freinds while magically keeping all these ugly parking problems, etc. out of the fancy Upper Montclair neighorhoods. Take a look at the 63-page proposal on the town’s website that wants to create a new unelected authority with power of eminent domain to take away homes and businesses to place even more high density housing and luxury shops in an incredibly overcrowded area near the Glen Ridge Ave post office. Both Councilman Frier and Township Planner were quoted in the Montclair Times as to how pleased they were that this project is set up in such a way that people will not be able to file lawsuits to stop this wasteful project, which (back to the point) will jam even more cars into a tiny footprint AND calls for the construction of yet another parking deck, because the housing and shopping plans call for AN INSUFFICIENT AMOUNT OF PARKING. Part of this wasteful plan says that by building housing with no parking, they will somehow attract tenants that don’t drive. Huh?? Isn’t every apartment dweller in town complaining about the lack of parking and it’s high costs? And now the Remsen/Michaelson/Tobin/Schlaeger/Frierer machine wants to completely screw over the residents of the area (yet again) to make our lives miserable while somehow claiming that this will fix the parking problem. JAMMING MORE CARS IN THE CENTER OF TOWN IS THE DUMBEST IDEA EVER!! I hope the next microburst lands squarely on 205 Claremont Avenue, before moving on the MEDC and the MPA headquarters. Wake up Montclair!

  4. Napoleon,
    Could you post a link to the proposal? I’m not sure where to look for it on the township website.
    thanks.

  5. Good news about the Huestis House. And I hope the Upper Montclair historic business district is approved. I wouldn’t expect the businesses in that area to be against this idea. After all, they are successfully running businesses out of the buildings they are in and know they are benefiting from the historic charm of the area. People enjoy shopping in that area even if it might cost a little more, partly I’m sure because it is just such a pleasant area to go shopping and walking. Owners are already in the habit of keeping their facades looking nice and even fixing them up, so why would they object to making sure others keep up the ambience properly? It’s different than a homeowner who has a big property and wants to make a lot of money on real estate speculation and sell it to a developer. These are businesses that are in business for the long haul.

  6. Good news on the Heustis house and good news that they are moving ahead on further historic designations.
    I would love to see historic designation in my neighborhood. Teardowns and over-development are the true threat to our property values (at least in most parts of town).

  7. Donna,
    The MEDC cannot be contacted. If you need to ask about them you are not in the know and your calls and volunteering will not be appreciated.
    I suggest you call the Mayor since they are his tool.

  8. Huestis house phooey! After being evicted from my studio, a realtor I met at Charlie Browns told me this house was now single-unit condos. After giving him a hefty deposit, his number was disconnected and I found out the house is NOT condos, but historic!
    I am getting tired of being conned and pushed around in this community! One day I’m going to snap and it won’t be pretty.

  9. Dear Norton,
    Why don’t you visit the massage place in Bloomfield and “excercise” your troubles away.
    Tell them that Harnett sent you and you’ll be given a “hefty” discount.

  10. As probably the first poster of a somewhat conservative bent to refer to “frothing” liberals here, I very much doubt that the adjective is played out. Throw out a name like “Mattox” or even just the phrase “parking fees” and the foaming inevitably begins again.
    Still, if you really, really, really prefer, we can always shift to “hydrophobic.” Or even “sputum-dappled.” Or even, since liberal ranting seems to so badly affect soft tissues, “dropsical.” (I rather like this one.)

  11. “The MEDC cannot be contacted. I know the mayor. I would like to get involved with things like this. I would like to call the mayor. I don’t know who the mayor is.
    Posted by: Donna Q | September 28, 2006 12:47 PM ”
    The mayor is Ed “the puking mayor” Remsen
    Phone: 973-509-4928
    Fax: 973-746-3513
    Email: edremsen@montclairnjusa.org
    Good luck getting any response

  12. Cathar,
    When you were good friends with Jim Morrison, did you guys ever play miniature golf together? I ask because I like to play miniature golf and since your good friend Jim Morrison is dead, perhaps you are looking for a miniature golf partner. If this is the case, let me know.

  13. Hope you get better response from the mayor than I did from Joe Hartnett.
    I have emailed him the same question about the sewer bill 3 times, with 0 responses. The third time I voiced my dissatisfaction about his non-response. Again, silence.

  14. There is a big difference between limiting a commercial area’s rights vs singling out individual residences. Taking away their property rights is just wrong and sets a bad precedent. The people who buy this place won’t be able to take a shit without asking the town if its okay. I agree with ROC, probably b/c neither of us are liberal freaks.

  15. If they want to hang any shit from the outside of the house, they have to call that piece of shit Remsen at town hall to get his approval. That will delay him in addressing all the other shit that you people like to complain about.

  16. Every once in a long while, when I read a story that truly interests me, and I’m curious what my neighbors think, I click on the talkback. And then I’m quickly reminded why I usually never click on the talkback. Why must every discussion thread quickly disintegrate into petty bickering, political squabbling, and worst of all, incredibly lame attempts at being “clever?” Yikes.

  17. Every once in a long while, when I read a story that truly interests me, and I’m curious what my neighbors think, I click on the talkback. And then I’m quickly reminded why I usually never click on the talkback. Why must every discussion thread quickly disintegrate into petty bickering, political squabbling, and worst of all, incredibly lame attempts at being “clever?”
    DITTO,Doanyofthesepeoplehavejobs!!!!!!!!!

  18. And then there are the “children” who post under multiple names here. But always when school is out.
    Doany, he (most likely) is never “clever.” Cowardly, yes. Desperately lonely. Sexually repressed, most likely, certainly inactive. And strangely physically afraid of someone he dismisses as old and out of it.
    What I find interesting is that surely the Barista herself and her staff know who the “perp” is here, yet apparently never stoop (because he’s probably both wee in stature and brain size) to tell him to stuff his multiple identities and instead finish his geometry homework. I would some day like an explanation of that one, since the last thing such a poster does is create an environment on this site which both attracts and nurtures advertisers.

  19. “Hope you get better response from the mayor than I did from Joe Hartnett.
    I have emailed him the same question about the sewer bill 3 times, with 0 responses. The third time I voiced my dissatisfaction about his non-response. Again, silence.
    Posted by: latebloomer | September 28, 2006 3:25 PM ”
    He’ll get the same response that you got from Papa Joe- nothing and more taxes

  20. HEY ED (mayor of Montclair)
    ARE YOU LURKING HERE?
    WHY NOT ANSWER LATEBLOOMER’S QUESTIONS…
    She’s ONLY one of your constituents.
    HEY LATEBLOOMER – better to write a letter to the MOntclair Times or Phil Read at the Newark Star Ledger.
    Then maybe you’ll get some kind of answer from your elected official and his appointed henchman.

  21. My question has actually been answered, by Joyce Michaelson, who privately emailed me after I asked the question on the Cooler.
    But I started asking Hartnett the question in August, and he has still not responded

  22. The Montclair Town Manager reports directly to the Town Council.
    I suggest a letter to the council- letters are read at each town council meeting and become part of the record.

  23. “Robin Schlager absent? Shocker.
    Posted by: jimmy229oz | September 28, 2006 10:48 AM ”
    Was he evil twin- Joyce M in attendance?

  24. Cathar-
    Is there something wrong with multiple identities? There are some of us that like to voice our opinion, but don’t have the need to cultivate an on line personality. Isn’t the point of sites like this to be able to state one’s opinion anonymously?
    BTW, I notice there are posters here that have identities, and I find their posts quite offensive. Shouldn’t the Barista be looking into that?

  25. Cather,
    You sound more than a bit paranoid. Maybe that’s why you took the bait so quickly. You must have me mistaken with one of the hundreds of other people who read your relentless postings and can’t help but be jealous of all the free time you apparently have. At least you’re doing something constructive with all your free time. Oops.

  26. Cathar,
    For someone who seems to have an inflated sense of self, your feathers sure do get ruffled easily. Perhaps your online life compensates for your distinct lack of life in general. I’ve read many of your posts and its clear that you revel in verbally lashing out (a thesaurus clutched tightly in your sweaty paw) at all who dare challenge your online persona. It strikes me as desperate. Are you so lonely that this blog becomes your outlet for frustration? It’s kind of pathetic…
    Some advise chum: go out into the world, find a friend, a girl even, and walk away from the big blue screen.

  27. What a riot. Cathar jumps in and agrees that there are people here who post messages that are bickering, political squabbling, and worst of all, incredibly lame attempts at being “clever.”
    Next, ROC will post complaining about the politicizing of the site by attacking every poster as being liberal?
    These guys need a clue, a job, and a life.

  28. Every once in a long while, when I read a story that truly interests me, and I’m curious what my neighbors think, I click on the talkback. And then I’m quickly reminded why I usually never click on the talkback. Why must every discussion thread quickly disintegrate into petty bickering, political squabbling, and worst of all, incredibly lame attempts at being “clever?”

  29. Every time I read the many posts of late (by probably one very lonely and young poster) attacking me, I actually feel rather good. First, it gives what this pathetic wimp has characterized as a shut-in something to read.
    But then, I also realize that constantly posting such bile against me (and against others) finally gives this loser something to do with his typing hands other than the creation of a digitally manipulated “sex life” for him.
    Likely, too, posting against others under so many anonymous identities gives him “thrills” that he’d otherwise be getting from trolling for underage sex partners on the Internet. So it’s a public service of a sort, though the invitation is still up for him to contact me personally so we can get to know each better on a more visceral, head-cracking level.

  30. Cathar, surely you do not believe it is only one person who objects to your incessant sniping?
    Although the thought of you thinking you could do some visceral headcracking was pretty funny.
    Give it up, you are an annoying troll. Take the criticism like the man that you aren’t, or simply go away.

  31. I can see this old geezer cathar running after his nemesis, waving an oxygen tank in one hand and pulling up his Depends Undergarments in the other.
    Cathar baby, you’re a loser of the highest order. I’m glad people are calling you out for what you are.

  32. Cather,
    If I remember right, sometime last year, it reached a point that so many different people were insulting you that you that you finally gave up and disappeared for a while. Wonder if it would work again?

  33. PROPERTY RIGHTS PROPERTY RIGHTS PROPERTY RIGHTS PROPERTY RIGHTS PROPERTY RIGHTS PROPERTY RIGHTS PROPERTY RIGHTS PROPERTY RIGHTS PROPERTY RIGHTS PROPERTY RIGHTS PROPERTY RIGHTS PROPERTY RIGHTS PROPERTY RIGHTS PROPERTY RIGHTS PROPERTY RIGHTS PROPERTY RIGHTS PROPERTY RIGHTS PROPERTY RIGHTS PROPERTY RIGHTS PROPERTY RIGHTS PROPERTY RIGHTS PROPERTY RIGHTS PROPERTY RIGHTS PROPERTY RIGHTS PROPERTY RIGHTS PROPERTY RIGHTS PROPERTY RIGHTS PROPERTY RIGHTS PROPERTY RIGHTS PROPERTY RIGHTS PROPERTY RIGHTS PROPERTY RIGHTS PROPERTY RIGHTS PROPERTY RIGHTS

  34. Property rights have already been tossed out. It’s called Eminent domain.
    Homeowners don’t have the right to actually retain ownership of their property. Never mind renovation or new construction on that property. It was already decided. The council hasn’t done anything to push the property rights envelope. If we don’t like this new little rule- then watch out. Precedence was set – none of us own our homes if Starbucks and the Gap want that land.

Comments are closed.