BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Camp Cromwell is getting a semi-facelift in the near future thanks to upcoming plans for demolition on the site.
The Bridgewater Township Council unanimously passed a resolution at its Oct. 3 meeting to increase the original contract price by $42,655, or 32.2 percent, to a total of $174,955 for demolition of structures on the site. The contract went to Wild Heart Industries, of Hillsborough, for the demolition of structures at Camp Cromwell.
The contract is being funded through the Open Space Fund. Township engineer David Battaglia said it is for items on the site “from soup to nuts,” and that the 13 remaining structures on the site will be demolished.
The council also awarded a contract to T. R. Weniger, Inc., of Piscataway, for the Camp Cromwell Structure Phase II Demolition, for $100,000, which will also be funded through the Open Space Fund. Council president Matthew Moench asked for a timeline of the demolition on the site, and Battaglia said that all demolition is expected to be completed by the end of this year.
Battaglia also said there is no definitive schedule to re-open Camp Cromwell, as it is a question of safety with the demolition.
Moench said that individuals who are currently walking Camp Cromwell are technically trespassing, just before the second resolution was approved.
Bridgewater resident Cathy Franco questioned the additional $42,655 allotted to the Camp Cromwell project.
“How much more money will be invested until it’s open to the public?” she asked.
The council did not provide additional information about a timeline or schedule for opening.
In June 2019, the council unanimously approved a resolution for $132,300 to demolish several unnecessary structures at Camp Cromwell, on a contract that was also awarded to Wild Heart Industries. A year ago, in October 2018, the council approved the submission of a grant application for $279,565 with the state’s Department of Transportation for the Camp Cromwell Bike Path, under the auspices of the DOT’s 2019 Bikeways Program.