Sometimes things turn out OK.
Work is in full swing now at 91 Cookman Avenue, which had been cited by the Historic Preservation Commission two years ago as one of Ocean Grove’s worst derelict houses. Since local builder Jack Green purchased it last year, renovations had been delayed for so long that the neighbors, initially overjoyed by the purchase, had begun to lose hope again. But now it’s clear that the house will be saved. For years the roof had a hole large enough for a bear to climb through. This week that roof is being replaced with a handsome new one.
The house dates back to at least 1891 and has been classified as a “key structure,” which means it has significant architectural and historical significance to the Historic District of Ocean Grove. —CL