HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – A land exchange authorized by the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders has resulted in another 19-plus acres added to the county’s successful farmland preservation program and paved the way for construction of a privately owned indoor-outdoor sports complex.

Somerset County Freeholders, Hillsborough Township officials and the project developer were joined by local sports teams and families on Sept. 27 as they ceremonially broke ground for the Apex Sports & Events Complex next to Mountain View Park.

The Board of Freeholders has authorized the sale of 40 acres of land next to Mountain View Park to developer and township resident Gregg Wilke. In exchange for the 40-acre tract, the county will receive a 19.5-acre parcel of farmland on Hillsborough Road, valued at $379,900, plus $1,354,525.

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“Somerset County was thrilled to bring the Mountain View Park facility to fruition,” said Freeholder Mark Caliguire, parks and agriculture liaison. “We know that having APEX right next door will provide a combined second-to-none sports environment. This is also a win for our farmland preservation program.”

The Somerset County Improvement Authority purchased the 369-acre former Belle Mead General Services Administration property in April 2009. Mountain View Park, completed in April 2017, is located on the majority of the GSA tract and maintained by the county Park Commission. The remaining acreage, immediately adjacent to the park, will host the APEX sports complex.

The Hillsborough Road property will be offered at public auction as permanently preserved farmland. To date, Somerset County has preserved more than 8,300 acres of farmland through its Agriculture Development Program.