WASHINGTON TWP, N.J.—Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes today joined with members of the Board of Chosen Freeholders and Washington Mayor David Fried at the Updike and Herman farms in Washington Township to announce their preservation as open space into perpetuity.
“Today’s announcement continues the commitment that this administration has made towards preserving open space and our environment,” began Hughes. “Since taking office in 2004, we have preserved nearly 2,300 acres of open space. By protecting this farm from development, we are not only preserving the historic agricultural nature of Windsor Village,
but also helping to keep property taxes down for the taxpayers of Washington Township.”
Mercer County purchased the 148-acre properties for a combined price of $10.9 million dollars, with Washington Township reimbursing a total of $3 million dollars of the total sale price to Mercer County. The Updike and Herman farms were proposed for residential development and join with six other preserved farms in the Windsor Village section of Washington Township to create a continuous line of 525 acres of farmland stretching from Windsor into West Windsor Township.
“The Updike property has significant stream frontage along the Assunpink Creek, and public access will be provided, with the remainder of the property continuing to be farmed” continued Hughes. “This preservation provides a valuable buffer to historic Windsor Village.” The properties were purchased from Leon Herman, Mr. Updike’s heirs, and the Robertson Douglas Group, contract purchasers.“This is one of the most important days in the history of Washington Township, and certainly for the Village of Windsor,” said Mayor David Fried. “So many people said this land could not be saved, that this one was too hard. I want to thank County Executive Hughes for his commitment to protecting open space, for the hard work of his team, and most of all for not giving up.”