WARREN, NJ - The Warren Township Committee voted unanimously on Thursday, April 16, to introduce an ordinance to save a 20.3 acre lot Warren farm.
“It gives me great pleasure to report that we saved a farm in Warren from development,” said Warren Mayor Mick Marion to TAPinto Warren. “We started this process last Fall to identify key properties in the Township that might be affected by future Affordable Housing mandates and our efforts do not stop here. We will continue to keep Warren in its rural, farm like setting. This was a key component of our goals for 2020 as noted at the reorganization meeting in January which we continue to meet objectives at light speed. This property will now be a green space and protected farm forever”
The property is located at 31 Ferguson Road and the Township would use its open space trust fund to purchase the land. Property purchased in this way has restrictions on use and is preserved for active and/or passive recreation.
Marion said during the meeting that discussing the land purchase and saving a farm was a nice change of pace after the painful affordable housing process and daily COVID-19 updates.
A public hearing and second reading of the ordinance is scheduled for the next meeting on Thursday, May 14 with an anticipated July 1 closing date from lot owners Alfonse and Christine Montefusco, for $1.5 million.
Committeeman Gary DiNardo said he’s been ”eyeing the property for years.” Its “beautiful and includes both a pond and a farmhouse.”