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County Deeds 77 Acres of Open Space to Logan Twp. The settlement marks the County’s Preservation of More than 1,000 Acres this year

(Logan Twp., NJ) – Gloucester County Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney and Freeholder Deputy Director Bob Damminger handed over the deed today to Logan Township Officials for 77 acres of Open Space that the county purchased through its County Open Space Fund and in conjunction with the State Green Acres Program and the Township.

“This is the first open space purchase the county has completed in Logan Township and we were very excited to accomplish this settlement,” said Freeholder Director Sweeney.  “When the Township came to us last year and asked if we could preserve this land, we were supportive of getting the property.” Sweeney said.

Freeholder Deputy Director Damminger, who serves as the liaison to the County’s Office of Land Preservation noted that the county has overseen the settlement of 26 properties since December 2005, with more properties still scheduled for settlement before the end of this year. 

“With the addition of this property, Gloucester County will have preserved more than 1,000 acres of farmland and open space in 2006,” said Freeholder Damminger.

Damminger stated, “This has been the county’s biggest year in the amount of settlements coordinated since we implemented the Land Preservation Program.  Over the last three years alone Gloucester County has preserved more than 70 properties, which is the highest amount in the State over this time period.”

Logan Township Frank W. Minor said, “This project exemplifies the spirit of cooperation among all parties, and by acquiring this open space we are exercising smart growth to slow down development.  We are very pleased to acquire this property and we are going to start to look at other areas to certify for open space within our community.”

The 77 acre property, which contains frontage on both sides of Oak Grove Road near Interstate 295, was purchased at a cost of $1,550,000.00, and deeded directly to Logan Township after settlement.  The County expects to receive fifty percent reimbursement of the cost for the property from the State.  While specifics have yet to determined, Logan Township plans to utilize the property for its recreational needs.