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Lake Hopatcong Foundation hires prestigious historical restoration architectural for train station

LAKE HOPATCONG – The Lake Hopatcong Foundation has signed on Connolly and Hickey Historical Architects to create a comprehensive preservation plan for the historical train station building in Landing, which, in the near future, will serve as the foundation’s headquarters and as a community center.

Connolly and Hickey, based in Cranford, has extensive background in preservation planning, which will help as the foundation looks to rehabilitate the former train station at 125 Landing Road in Landing. The foundation purchased the building on November 6, 2014, and has been raising money and seeking grant funding to help return it to its former glory as a beautiful Lackawanna Railroad building and make it functional as a modern-day office and center for local meetings, classes, and lectures.

“We are thrilled to have been able to obtain the services of Connolly and Hickey, truly the preeminent historic preservation architects in New Jersey,” said Lake Hopatcong Foundation board of trustees chairman Marty Kane, who also serves as president of the Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum. “Together with our builder, Bob O’Donnell, and site manager, Ron Kraus, we believe we have put together a ‘Dream Team.’”

So far the foundation, with the help of O’Donnell and Kraus, has stripped down the interior of the building to its original stonework. A community clean-up on November 22 brought out more than 100 volunteers to help remove debris from the building and clean-up the grounds. There are also plenty of behind-the-scenes efforts, such as applying for historical preservation grants and working to create a lake-friendly plan for the grounds.

It is expected that the masonry will be the first step in the rehabilitation process, though the foundation will not have a complete blueprint to work with until the preservation plan is complete this summer. At that point, architectural,  rehabilitation, and construction efforts will begin in earnest. “It is great to take the first step in the restoration and reuse of this iconic local building,” said Kane.

Jessica K. Murphy, president of the Lake Hopatcong Foundation, said the group is looking forward to having the building encompass elements of the organization’s mission. “We are working to both preserve the past and be stewards of the future as we rehabilitate this special structure,” she said. “We hope the final product will truly represent the lake community, and we can’t wait to open the doors to the public. We are definitely off to a great start, thanks to the expertise and support of so many people.”

Connolly & Hickey Historical Architects is a full-service architecture firm providing professional architecture and historic preservation services. Its emphasis is on preservation planning, restoration and rehabilitation of historic buildings and structures throughout New Jersey including house museums, sacred sites, transportation facilities, civic buildings and private residences. To learn more, visit www.chhistoricalarchitects.com

The Lake Hopatcong Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission of “improving Lake Hopatcong for all, now and in the years to come.” It was established in 2012. To learn more, visit www.lakehopatcongfoundation.org.

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