Council Candidates Melanie Mott and Pete Smith this week announce their support for the Environmental Commissions' idea to permanently preserve a 9.2 acre piece of open space on Park Avenue.

“When reading the minutes for the Environmental Commission, I was happy to see the idea to preserve the property known as the “Longwood Estate” that is currently up for sale on Park Avenue,” said Pete Smith. “Melanie and I support this idea whole heartedly.”

“Preserving open space has always been important to me,” said Melanie Mott. “Undeveloped land can provide major benefits for our residents and wildlife. If elected to the council, Pete and I will aggressively pursue this idea.”

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“Some of the best ideas for our hometown come from our volunteers who work to make South Plainfield a better place to live and raise a family,” said Smith. “This is one of those ideas that we as a community should all rally behind.”

The property known as the “Longwood Estate” is a 9.2 acre piece of land on Park Avenue by South Plainfield Ave. It has a long history in our town along with beautiful trees, birds, many species of animals and historic landmarks. In addition, the house on the property could be used as a cultural and historic center that can be enjoyed by young and old. The land can be used for walking trails and our youth organizations can possibly use it for camping.

The pair said that the town should investigate County and State funding opportunities that can be used for the purchase.

“Our county has an open space program and has preserved many parcels in our town and the surrounding communities,” said Mott. “In addition the governor signed the legislation (S-2920) this year. This law approved a new mechanism for how preservation funds will be allocated, with farmland and historic preservation projects, as well as conservation nonprofit groups, getting a bigger share than ever.”

“Lets all work together to get these agencies to permanently preserve this land so that generations to come will be able to enjoy the beauty of South Plainfield,” said Smith.


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