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Modular Buildings to be Used as Office Space for Borough

The Borough has approved a bond ordinance to lease the land behind Ely House for modular housing.

The Hightstown Borough Council unanimously approved a bond ordinance to lease four properties located along Bank and Mechanic Streets at their Borough Council meeting Tuesday, Feb. 19.

These lots, leased from Greystone Capital Partners, will be used for modular facilities that will provide temporary office space for municipal operations of the Borough and the Borough’s Police Department, the ordinance said. The lots, which cumulatively make up 0.44 acre, are located behind Ely House.

Both the Borough Hall and the Borough Police Department were rendered uninhabitable after sustaining flood damage from Hurricane Irene in August 2011.

The lots are currently involved in foreclosure proceedings instituted by TD Bank, the mortgagee of Greystone Capital Partners; TD Bank’s counsel has approved the lease agreement.

Hawkeye February 25, 2013 at 02:26 PM
Is this really what our town has come to ? Trailers ? You have heard what is said about things being temporary. The way this mayor and council move forward, Trailers will be there for the next 5 years. And to lease it from Greystone Capital, the same company that has still not invested a dime to redevelop "The Mill" property. And now we are paying them with our towns money ? ! Oh boy. It's time to take the bull by the horns and vote out the old thinking and bring in some new ideas. This has to stop and you can make it happen by signing a petition that will be circulating very soon. Our tax money, Our property values, Our childrens future. The future of Hightstown is at a very critical point. Let's work to get our town on track and let's do the right thing for our beloved Hightstown.
Trapper John February 25, 2013 at 04:13 PM
Where does it say trailers? The article says "modular facilities." That's different from trailers.
Hawkeye February 25, 2013 at 04:17 PM
Oh , Right , No Wheels or Tires . Makes them even more permanent
clara February 25, 2013 at 04:19 PM
Finally, it sounds like there has been some movement. I don't understand why this has dragged on for so long, given that a majority of the council has voted to rebuild boro hall. @Hawkeye, the reason Greystone hasn't invested a dime is because residents in the Rug Mill neighborhood circulated a petition against residential development of the Mill and the council/mayor at that time dragged out approval of any plan. I have every reason to suspect this dynamic (NIMBY) would again play out should a developer step out of the shadows to repurpose the Rug Mill. If it is less costly to residents, please get a move on rebuilding boro hall. And if the modular units are the least costly option, let them be permanent. Most of us choose our neighborhood/community because of affordability (followed by schools, safety, desirability, etc.) . I don't know of anyone who decided to buy a house in a particular municipality because they thought the town hall building was just adorable.
Hawkeye February 25, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Right , I forgot about the option to Repurpose the Rug Mill. Great Idea Council Women
Lost For Words February 25, 2013 at 05:36 PM
We've got a huge illegal population supporting a downtown with a tattoo shop, two or three money transfer and check cashing places, a bodega that sells everything including illegal prescription medicines and at least one deli that has and probably still illegally sells that equadoran "specialty" guinea pig. Oh and we used to have a guinea pig farm on North Main Street.. Is that still operating? Don't forget all the taxis and illegal boarding houses. But none of that is affecting taxes or property values. It's the location of borough hall that's the critical point for the future of Hightstown? Pathetic, truly pathetic.
Hawkeye February 25, 2013 at 05:45 PM
Right, your getting off the subject. Ask your mayor and council why they want to spend money on trailers with no wheels instead of cleaning up just what you went off on.
Lost For Words February 25, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Ok, I kind of see your point. But where do the borough workers go?
pamela February 25, 2013 at 08:57 PM
Move both the police and borough offices to the Lucas property then approach the developer of the Robbinsville town center and see if we can develop downtown after that model. A nice mix of housing including affordable units and loft apartments, shops and dining options.
Mike S February 26, 2013 at 05:03 AM
our town needs some major rebuilding

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