SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The site of countless children's birthday parties and fun summer afternoons throughout Union County, Bowcraft's days have been numbered for several years. After all, the Scotch Plains Planning Board in 2016 approved a proposal from developers who bought the property and planned to create a complex of affordable apartments and townhomes.

At the time, Art Bernard, the former executive director of COAH, testified and said that the proposed housing project would accommodate 454 residents, including 51 additional school-age children who would likely enter the SPFK12 school district.

The once-thriving amusement park sold its rides in 2017 and sat empty for months before demolition commenced during the past week.

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