SOMERSET, NJ – The Franklin Township added three more properties to its list of open space lots and preserved farmland to the tune of $2,289,800.

The Township Council unanimously passed two ordinances last night – one to acquire the land and the other to pay for it – to purchase the Kalogridis property on Elizabeth Road, the Farm Credit East property where Route 518 meets Route 27 and Suydam Farm on Skillmans Lane. 

Both the Kalogridis and Farm Credit East properties were bought for open space preservation while Suydam Farm is now protected farmland. The Farm Credit East property was the most expensive of the bunch – costing the township $1,530,000 – while Kalogridis and Suydam Farm had price tags of $243,000 and $516,800, respectively. 

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Each of the properties, like all open space purchases, was paid for out of the township’s Open Space Trust Fund. The township uses the fund – created in 1998 –  to preserve undeveloped or natural land, farmland, recreational and historic properties. 

The council also passed a resolution to apply for a $20,000 Sustainable Jersey grant that would fund green infrastructure projects around the township. Township officials are currently working on the proposal for the grant, and this resolution is part of that process. 

A group at Rutgers University – who’s been working to push the Sustainable Jersey program throughout the state – has already identified a number of possible projects in Franklin Township that the money could be used for, according to Councilman Theodore Chase. 

“If we get the grant, we’ll pay Rutgers to develop a sort of one-page engineering proposal for these and then we can see what we can go ahead and do,” he said. 

Chase also reported on what he believes to be good news about another of the Township’s grant proposals that is currently under review. He said that at February’s Central Jersey Transportation Forum meeting a member of the North Jersey Transportation Planning Association complemented the township on its proposal for a complete streets grant for streetscaping around Naaman Williams Park to help crime reduction. 

He said that he took the compliment as indicating that “we’re likely to get the grant.” 

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