Union County recently demolished an abandoned house located at 112 Park Drive in Cranford. The house sat on property acquired by Union County through the Union County Open Space, Recreation, and Historic Preservation Trust Fund. The vacant land can now be restored to a natural state and added to Nomahegan Park, where it will eliminate a street detour that currently interrupts a popular walking path.

It has been suggested that the property be used as the location for a pump station, as part of a flood control plan for Cranford. However, as with all Trust Fund acquisitions, the property is covered by state-wide regulations under the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Green Acres program. A pump station does not fall within the outdoor recreational and conservation activities stipulated by the Green Acres program.

Although the property at 112 Park Drive is not available for the construction of a pump station, the Freeholder Board is committed to working with the Township of Cranford, and other municipalities and stakeholders, in order to move forward on long term flood control measures in Union County.

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Bette Jane Kowalski
Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders