From Journal Register News Service.
Every acre counts.
Ashland Woods property in the Ashland section of Voorhees, which
borders Somerdale’s Kennedy Park and Preston Avenue in Voorhees, is an
Open Space Preservation project that Voorhees brought to the state’s
Green Acres Program and the county for help with funding.
total purchase price is $1.6 million. The state is providing half of
that amount — $800,000 — the county is providing $650,000 and Voorhees
Township is paying $150,000.
The 19.5 acres of open space being
preserved are behind the former Coliseum property, which lies along the
Cooper River and the county’s greenway. It is being referred to as
Woods. The state has already provided its share of the funding to Voorhees Township.
property is currently used by local residents for passive recreation
and serves to join a neighborhood park in Voorhees to Kennedy Park
across the Cooper River in Somerdale. The site is currently owned by a
developer who had put forward a plan to put 300 homes on that site.
developer will subdivide the property to retain the Coliseum building,
which currently houses several businesses, thereby providing the
township with ratables into the future.
“Voorhees Township is
thrilled to once again to join the State of New Jersey and the Camden
County Freeholders in preserving more open space in our community,” said
Voorhees Mayor Michael Mignona.
“This latest partnership allows
us to preserve almost 20 wooded acres of beautiful land near the
Coliseum in the Ashland section of Voorhees. This purchase will mean
that Voorhees has preserved 223 acres of land as open space since 2003.”
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