Historic Jersey Diner Available. Price: $0

According to Preservation New Jersey (www.preservationnj.org) a classic New Jersey diner on Route 1 in Lawrence Township (near Princeton) is available free to whoever will dismantle it and remove it from the site. The building is a relatively rare surviving example of a diner manufactured by the Mountain View Company of Singac (Little Falls) New Jersey which fabricated diners from 1939 to 1957. The site has been approved for redevelopment. An article regarding the redevelopment proposal is here: http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2012/04/mrs_g_has_big_changes_in_store.html

From the article:
“… concerns have been raised about the future of the diner, a steel structure on white masonry that is surrounded by tall weeds and is a picture of neglect. In Lawrence it was known as Ben’s Diner in the 1970s and early ’80s. It was called the Cass Diner back in the ’60s, and before that it was the Calhoun Diner, a name it took from the street in Trenton where it was originally housed.

The diner would be removed or demolished during the construction. No definite plans have been set, according to a spokeswoman for Schaeffer. “Preservation is on the table,” said Hilary Morris. Schaeffer’s late grandmother, Beatrice Greenberg, the appliance store’s namesake, had always liked the diner and wanted to preserve it, Morris said.

“It’s something that’s important for her to preserve. We’re in discussions with the developer,” Morris said.”

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Photo source: nj.com (http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2012/04/mrs_g_has_big_changes_in_store.html)

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