Allendale May 27, 2009 THE VILLADOM TIMES III • Page 9 Fell House placed on group’s ‘endangered places’ list by John Koster The John Fell House in Allendale has been named one of the 10 most endangered places in the state by Preservation New Jersey. “The designation underscores what we have said since the day our group was formed nearly three years ago: that the Fell House, home of Founding Father John Fell, is a historic landmark that must be saved for generations to come,” said Pat Finn, one of the leaders of Concerned Citizens of Allendale. Other properties on the list have included the Pease Memorial Library in Ridgewood, designated in 2002 and just restored with the help of Ridgewood Philanthropist David Bolger; and New Bridge Landing in River Edge, site of the Steuben House and Campbell-Christie House, designated a decade ago. “We want this property to be a wonderful resource for the citizens of Allendale and history lovers – and we want to obtain this historic property at no additional expense to the borough taxpayers. We have been in negotiations with the owner of the property and are in a position to enter into a contract to buy the property, pending a withdrawal of developers who have unsuccessfully tried to advance a scheme to build 11 townhouses on the 2.8-scre site,” Finn added. The Concerned Citizens of Allendale group has received grants from Bergen County Open Space Trust Fund and New Jersey Green Acres to help acquire the land and preserve the historical 1750s-era house and its outbuildings on the Franklin Turnpike near the entrance to the Celery Farm Natural Area. Fell, a descendent of one of the Dutch colonists who built the wall that gave Wall Street its name, was known as a great hunter of Tories during the American Revolution. He was captured by the British and spent a year in prison in British-controlled New York City. Fell was a member of the Second Continental Congress, known for his excellent attendance record and his absence of arrogance in the interests of effective governance. Fell later helped win ratification of the United States Constitution. Attorney George Cotz of Mahwah was able to block the approval of a site plan to build 11 townhouses – a plan that called for the demolition of the Fall House and its outbuildings – on a binding technicality before the Allendale Planning Board. Cotz showed that the developer, a consortium based in Fort Lee, had not obtained the approval of the owner-residents of existing townhouses for what would have been an intrusion of more residential structures in a zone drawn up in 1983 to include the Fell House as part of a 10-acre tract including townhouses. The developer took Allendale to court, but later withdrew the appeal. Summer music programs available Allendale, Ho-Ho-Kus, and Upper Saddle River students entering kindergarten through grade nine may sign up for music programs offered this summer at Brookside School in Allendale. Sessions will run June 29 through July 10 and July 13 through July 24. 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