Sunday, November 13, 2011

19.5 Acres Preserved in Voorhees Township

From Journal Register News Service.

Every acre counts.

VOORHEES—The Camden County Board of Freeholders voted Thursday night to assist Voorhees Township in the acquisition of 19.5 acres of open space with funding from the County’s Open Space Preservation Trust Fund.

The 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.

The 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 Ashland

Woods. The state has already provided its share of the funding to Voorhees Township.

The 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.

The 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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