The Ross Island stone hut on Lake Takanassee is one Long Branch's most unique structures and a local environmental groups is looking to keep it preserved.
The Whale Pond Brook Watershed Association (WPBWA) is applying for a Monmouth County Historic Preservation Grant to restore the structure.
Faith Teitelbaum of the WPBWA said the grant will be used to remove trees and shrubs intertwined in the roof mortar to preserve the integrity of the structure's roof.
The Long Branch Council gave the WPBWA the OK to apply for the grant with the understand that the city would pay for half of the $8,000 grant.
The 116-year-old stone hut will become a viewing point from a park located 75 feet across the lake on Elinore Avenue. A bridge used to reach from the land to Ross Island, but it is longer there.
The city recently partnered with Monmouth County to dredge the portion of the lake where Ross Island is located. The dredging was completed in December and the portion of the lake from Woodgate Avenue to the railroad trestle will be completed next.