HAMILTON, N.J.—Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes today joined Hamilton Mayor Glen Gilmore, local environmental leaders and members of the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders to announce the preservation of two parcels of open space totaling 111 acres along the Crosswicks Creek Greenway.
“Preservation of open space has been a priority to this Administration since taking office in 2004, and by protecting the Sawmill tract from development, we are preserving the tranquil nature of this corner of Mercer County,” Hughes began. “But with this purchase of the YMCA stream section, we accomplish so much more. This critical piece of the Crosswicks Creek Greenway completes the preservation of a contiguous stream corridor from Iron Bridge Road through the Sawmill property that will never be developed.”
The 93-acre Sawmill property had been approved for 26 housing lots and was purchased by Mercer County for $6.5 million dollars. It has not yet been determined if the County will seek reimbursement from Green Acres or the State Farmland Preservation Program. Consisting mainly of wetlands and the steep slopes of the stream corridor, the 18-acre YMCA creek property was purchased for $49,650 and is adjacent to both the Sawmill tract and Hamilton YMCA property. The creek tract will be used for public passive recreation trails and canoeing.
Also joining County Executive Hughes was Hamilton Mayor Gilmore, who thanked the County Executive for the latest purchase and noted that, ”Thanks to unprecedented levels of cooperation between the State, County and municipal governments, more open space and farm land in Hamilton has been preserved in the past six years than at any similar period of time in its history.”