BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The township council is continuing with work on demolition at Camp Cromwell, and may be looking into doing an archeological dig.
The Bridgewater council approved a resolution for a $49,748 contract to IBN Construction Corp. for the demolition of the pools at the Camp Cromwell site. The work is being paid for through the Open Space Fund.
In June, the council approved a resolution that authorized the demolition of a number of structures on the property, but did not include the pools at the time.
Bridgewater Township approved the purchase of the Camp Cromwell site, on Vosseller Avenue, in March 2017. The Boys Club of New York had previously owned the property since 1985.
The cost of the purchase was $7.5 million, and $6.5 million of that was being paid for by the Somerset County Improvement Authority. The remaining $1.5 million was being paid for from the township’s Open Space Trust Fund.
The demolition is expected to make way for plans for open space on the Camp Cromwell property.
Council vice president Howard Norgalis said they are also planning gravel parking lots for the property before they can make open space trails and more for residents.
“But this is all contingent on completing the demolition,” he said.
In late June, the council approved resolutions for grants for a bike path on the property.
Councilwoman Christine Henderson Rose said the township’s historical committee is also interested in the property because they think the campground was a relevant site in the Revolutionary War.
“They have secured an archeological expert to go over the fields and determine if there is sufficient information for a dig,” she said. “The township is partnering with the Washington Campground Association to fund it, so we’re very excited about this.”