Flemington's 'Filling Station' Season Ends Tonight

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Flemington's Filling Station has been an instant hit with residents. Credits: Curtis Leeds / TAPinto Flemington-Raritan file photo
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Credits: Curtis Leeds / TAPinto Flemington-Raritan file photo
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FLEMINGTON, NJ – Tonight will be the season’s last chance for fun and food at the Filling Station here, weather permitting.

It may also be the last public Filling Station fun event ... forever.

Cold beer, local cuisine, live music and dancing are all on tonight’s menu. FiredUp Flatbread pizza will be featured along with live music from Big Horse Band.

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“We invite everyone to come out, kick back, and enjoy one of Flemington’s best summer offerings as we toast another great season at The Filling Station,” said Ann Meredith, executive director of Flemington Community Partnership in a press release. “It’s a terrific place to spend a summer evening – or to begin an exciting night on the town.”

Thousands of people have experienced the community fun of the Filling Station during the past two summers. Family members of all ages are welcome and there’s a variety of fun and old-school games – including Cornhole competitions and board games on picnic tables.  

The Filling Station is located at 144 Main St. here. Its name is a nod to Hineline’s garage, which formerly occupied the spot. The one-time eyesore was transformed last year by Flemington Community Partnership, with help from volunteers from the community and from Lowe’s.

But the property, which is owned by the borough, is for sale. Priced at $380,000, Borough Councilperson Brooke Liebowitz told Council this week that the total number of interested buyers so far has been exactly zero.

The problem, Liebowitz and Realtors suspect, is the price. They think it may be too high.

But the price was suggested by the state Department of Environmental Protection, which helped pay for the environmental clean-up costs of the property. Liebowitz said borough officials listed the property at the suggested price as a way to work with the state agency.

If interest remains flat, Liebowitz said it may be wise to reduce the asking price for the property, which includes the .38-acre lot and 1,200-square-foot building.

Some have suggested that the borough not sell the property, and keep it as a community resource instead. But so far there’s been no indication that officials are weighing that option.

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