02 May 2009

Wide Open Spaces

Where are Hillsborough's "wide open spaces"? West of Starview Drive? Up on the mountain?

How about right in the center of town.

The Hillsborough Township Committee is seeking a federal grant to help pay for its portion of the development rights to the 162 acre Van Nuys farm on Hillsborough and Willow Roads. The cost to preserve the property as farmland is $3.6 million, of which the township's obligation is about $1.8 million. But with a federal grant for $1 million, Hillsborough will need to use only $800,000 from its open space trust fund for the purchase.

The grant will come from the Farm and Ranchland Protection Program - a name that definitely conjures up visions of wide open spaces!

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