Monday, April 18, 2016

Parking Could Replace Houses in Orange

Orange, New Jersey: Two houses in Orange's Seven Oaks neighborhood that date to the 19th century could be torn down, but another could be renovated.

According to a legal notice, the Orange Township Board of Education (BOE) is planning to renovate 366 Clarendon Place, a house located opposite Orange High School between Lincoln Avenue and Carteret Place. The house dates to 1881, and according to Orange Township BOE meeting minutes, the building will be used as part of an expansion of the high school. One person was shot and killed and another was injured in the house in 2006, according to News 12 New Jersey.

However, the application also calls for tearing down 386 and 396 Clarendon Place to make way for 94 parking spaces. The houses date to 1839 and 1849, respectively. The Orange Township BOE paid $87,500 for 386 Clarendon Place and $192,500 for 396 Clarendon Place in 2013. 386 Clarendon Place is on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places.

The application will be heard at the next meeting of the Orange Zoning Board of Adjustment of Wednesday, April 27 at City Hall.

This is not the only upcoming plan for Orange schools. The Orange Township BOE is purchasing the former Marylawn of the Oranges School just over the border in South Orange for use as a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) high school. The building has been vacant since 2011.

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