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As part of a land trade agreement with the County of Monmouth announced on Oct. 30, the Township will add approximately 79 acres of property to Holmdel’s Recreation and Open Space Inventory (ROSI).
The parcel being added to Holmdel’s ROSI, which is separate from the Cross Farm Parks property included in the Township’s exchange with the County, is located across Middletown Road from Bayonet Farm Park.
The designated parcel was donated to Holmdel in 1985 by its owner, Laura Harding, and her sister, Catherine Harding Tailer. The siblings also owned the Bayonet Farm Park property and sold that land to the Township the same year for $1.6 million.
The Bayonet Farm Park property was purchased with funding assistance from New Jersey’s Green Acres program, and is currently listed on Holmdel’s ROSI. The 79 acres donated by the Harding sisters will now join Bayonet Farm Park on the Township’s ROSI.
A significant aspect of this land trade agreement focused on the beneficial exchange of properties between Holmdel and Monmouth County, in which the Township received nearly 14 acres of land located across from Holmdel Township High School.
The acquisition will provide Township officials an opportunity to explore traffic safety near the intersection of Crawfords Corner Road and Longstreet Road.
Mayor Tom Critelli said the remainder of that parcel will be developed and preserved for public use and recreational purposes, creating additional open green space in the heart of Holmdel for all of the community’s youth to enjoy.
In exchange for that property, the County will receive approximately 115 acres of land near the southwesterly corner of Cross Farm Park, which abuts Colts Neck Township. This property will be preserved and may not be developed.
For more information on this aspect of the land trade agreement, please visit the municipal website: https://www.holmdeltownship-nj.com/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=537