ROXBURY, NJ – Although safer for drivers, the former “Ledgewood Circle” is not exactly easy on the eyes. A Roxbury Boy Scout has plans to make it a little better.
Eagle Scout candidate Ben Smith, 16, of Succasunna-based Boy Scout Troup 159, wants to create an elevated garden and a "Welcome to Roxbury" sign at the intersection of Route 46 and Route 10. He gave a presentation Tuesday to the Roxbury Mayor and Council, receiving their support and a pledge of funds from the Roxbury Police Department.
The work proposed by Smith would take place on a chunk of land on the southwest corner of the intersection. “The King House would be right behind the project,” he told the town officials. “As you can see, it’s overgrown and not really appealing. It’s just some dead space. I’m looking to beautify the area.”
Smith said he was inspired by an elevated garden farther east on Route 10, at the corner of Eyland Avenue, sponsored by the Roxbury Women’s Club. He said he envisions a similar design, although his garden would be rectangular and the “welcome” sign he wants to build would be V-shaped so it could be seen by traffic coming from any direction at the intersection.
“I think the raised bed would help beautify it very much,” Smith told the mayor and council. He said he’s received a commitment from a local landscaper to maintain the garden.
“It sounds like a great idea,” said Roxbury Mayor Jim Rilee. “It would really make that area look significantly better.”
The property in question is owned by the state and Township Manager Christopher Raths said a state permit would be required. He said he broached the subject with state officials who seem to be “favorable” to the plan.
The town officials suggested Smith ask the Roxbury Rotary Club for money to pay for the project. Roxbury Police Chief James Simonetti, who was at the meeting, said his department has a community fund that will help Smith with money.
Smith said he’d like to begin construction in the spring.