NJDOT needs to be held accountable for destruction of Hugg-Harrison-Glover House
Clearly it's important to make way for progress, especially when it comes to NJ's transportation infrastructure. But to demolish a building with clear historical significance, despite local officials and neighbors not only fighting to preserve it but acting in a constructive and positive way seems beyond the scope of how the government bureaucracy should act.
Wondering if a note will surface..."Time for some historical preservation troubles in Bellmawr." It's not often that New Jersey state government acts in an efficient and expedited way. Why then an early morning demolition?
This despite efforts by preservationists and local elected officials to find a new location and money to move the house out of the way of the highway project. To the point of historical significance, it's namesake, Capt. William Harrison owned the house and lived there while commanding a militia involved in two Revolutionary battles. So why not leave the house in the hands of preservationists to relocate with the private funding they've been raising over the years?
As long as it didn't disrupt the highway construction, which by all accounts seems years away, what's the harm in waiting? There should be a full investigation into who gave the order and how much this cost the taxpayers.
I'm not alone in my feelings about the Hugg-Harrison-Glover House in Bellmawr, as a caller named Lou, who was very fond of the landmark, expressed his frustration with the NJDOT as well in the clip below.
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