Montgomery Adds 34 Acres to Open Space

Montgomery Adds 34 Acres to Open Space

Posted on August 1, 2017

Part of Greenway along Rte. 518 Near Hopewell
Montgomery Township is under contract to purchase a 34 acre property on the south side of Route 518, near the western border of Montgomery, between Hollow & Spring Hill Roads.
 
This property had been targeted for preservation on Montgomery’s open space acquisition priority list for some time.  It is adjacent to other preserved open space and farmland and to other parcels the Township is targeting for preservation.  Montgomery is working to create a greenway to keep the viewshed open and rural along its “western gateway” – where motorists, walkers and cyclists enter the Township from Hopewell Township.
“The Township regularly reaches out to property owners about potential preservation, but when we see a ‘for sale’ sign on a property targeted for preservation in our Open Space Master Plan, we seize the opportunity,” said Mayor Ed Trzaska.
 
The property owner is 901 Realty Associates, LLC, who have owned the land since 2001. The owners had plans to develop the property at some point in the future, but recently listed the property for sale.  The Township reached out to the property owner and was able to work out a deal. The purchase price is $1.1 million and there is an opportunity to cost-share on the acquisition with Somerset County. A portion of the land is in the sewer service area and likely could have been used for residential development.
 
“I am really proud of this deal.  The land was pursued by multiple other parties and if we didn’t preserve it now, it would have been developed and its viewshed lost forever,” added the Mayor.

Property along Rt. 518 under contract for purchase by Montgomery Township as part of a larger open space greenway.

The frontage of the property on Route 518 blends a former farm field with many shrubs and red cedars and young saplings.  There are forested wetlands towards the rear of the property where a tributary to Bedens Brook forms the southern boundary line.
 
It is anticipated that the closing will take place in August or early September.
Source: Montgomery Twp. Press Release