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Mayor, Third-Graders Unveil National Register Sign

Downtown Plainfield is one of 15 downtown districts in the state included on the register.

Mayor Mike Collins (far right) and Central Elementary third-graders unveiled a new National Register District sign on Wednesday. Credit: Village of Plainfield
Mayor Mike Collins (far right) and Central Elementary third-graders unveiled a new National Register District sign on Wednesday. Credit: Village of Plainfield
On Wednesday, Plainfield Mayor Mike Collins, members of the village board and third-graders from Central Elementary School celebrated the village's  Downtown National Register District by unveiling a new National Register sign.

Last year, downtown Plainfield became one of 15 downtown districts to become a National Register District.


Plainfield's Downtown National Register District runs along Lockport Street between Route 59 and James Street and includes 53 properties. Notable buildings such as the Plymouth Congregational Church, Clock Tower Building (Opera House), and Masonic Lodge are part of the district. 

Property owners in the new National Register District are now able to seek up to a 20 percent tax credit for any historical rehabilitation of a commercial structure in the district.

"Many thanks to the Historic Preservation Commission for their hard work in achieving this designation and to the Village Preservation Association for generously donating the sign," the village said in a Facebook post.
Tim May 15, 2014 at 03:36 PM
You yourself are admitting they aren't in the paper or photographed every year, for a regular activity they do as part of their coursework. The fact that the 'leadership' has found a use for them as props, for what the students do day in and day out, is the problem. I'd be much more interested in hearing about the student field trips, than a listing of village officials by name posing in front of a group of children that doesn't even bother to explain why the children are there. The group of children seem to be nothing more than an afterthought to these officials, as long as it allows them to put their name out there. Everyone knows who these officials are now, and it should be obvious to you that they are trying to remove the blemish from themselves by using your children to distract from the abysmal failure of leadership they have displayed during their tenure. As a matter of fact, I even pointed out that the students were superior in knowledge over the people who are simply using them as photo opportunities. The village officials didn't even bother to find the time to point out exactly what the children were doing there... you did that on your own, because they didn't feel it was important enough. I'm not quite sure what your animosity for me is, as it is quite obvious we agree here. Perhaps you should re-read what I wrote.
Vicky Polito May 15, 2014 at 09:54 PM
I think this was a nice way to mark a great accomplishment. Yes, I know, politics is always finding a way in, but . . . some of that comes from the beholder, you know? I do the same thing all the time, analyze everything in terms of who was looking to posture, but in this case, I think it's not a bad thing that some young people in town were made a part of something that is really important to connecting Plainfield's history to it's future. It's a little photo-op, but I don't see this one as abusive of the situation or the kids. This is an overall positive and I want to thank and congratulate the HPC again for all the hard work they did to get downtown this great designation. And, how fun for those kids to be in that picture. When they're old like me and hopefully many of them are still in Plainfield, carrying it well into the future, they'll look back on this little occasion with a smile. Nothing wrong with that.
C.W.G May 16, 2014 at 11:44 AM
Hey Tim, you need to chill out. I am the first one to agree with you on both points about PTCO and the school board president, but I am also a Parent of one of these kids and very involved with the school and this was just a Historical Downtown Plainfield field trip that they do every year and they happened to be there for this opportunity. They were proud to be a part of this. Be REAL careful about what issues you bring my and other people's kids into.
Brendan Hausmeister Heffernan May 16, 2014 at 05:54 PM
Tim, you're a moron.

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