East Windsor Acquires 47.55 Acres for Open Space Preservation
Some of the land was donated, while other was purchased through various grants.
East Windsor Township acquired 40 acres on Etra Road and 7.55 acres on Airport Road for open space preservation, according to a news release.
“Preserving these properties as open space will directly contribute to and enhance the attractiveness of our community and the living environment for our residents,” Mayor Janice Mironov said in a news release. “Acquisition of these properties represents another excellent step in further expanding open space and potential recreational opportunities.”
The $1,100,000 purchase price of the Etra Road property was underwritten by several grants, including Green Acres, Mercer County open space grants and New Jersey Turnpike Authority funds, the release said. The Airport Road property, which is wooded, has some wetlands and a pervious parking lot, was donated by Pulte Homes to be used for open space.
“These acquisitions are a continuation of a major goal of the Township to preserve farmland and open space for the benefit of current and future residents of East Windsor Township,” Mironov said.
No property taxpayer money was used to acquire the land, the release said.
More than 2,600 acres in the Township have been permanently preserved as open space and farmland, according to Mironov.
“With these most recent grants, the total amount of Green Acres funds approved to date through the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection for the Township and East Windsor Green Space is over $6.35 million, along with approximately $3 million in Mercer County open space grants and over $2 million in developer donations,” she said.