Tuesday, May 09, 2006

State Purchasing Golf Courses Under Green Acres

From the Star Ledger
Green Acres shoots for greens, finds the rough

"New Jersey's glut of golf courses and shortage of developable land has put new pressure on many owners to sell to builders."

"Enter the state."

"In what is shaping up to be an unusual trend, the state's Green Acres land preservation program has bought two golf courses in the past year -- Ponderlodge in Cape May County and Rock View in Sussex County -- and is negotiating for at least four more."

"Green Acres Administrator John Flynn confirmed additional purchases are likely, including one in Monmouth County that could happen this week."

"At Ponderlodge, the state paid $8.45 million for a course that had been coveted by a developer, but many locals are unhappy about plans to make it a refuge for migratory birds."

"Doug Fenichel, a spokesman for K. Hovnanian Homes, which proposed the housing development, said the end result ignores several vital needs."

""We would have provided ratables and would have considered clustering to create open space," he said. "There is a trend of using tax money to preserve open space without any discussion of finding solutions for housing needs and ratables.""

"He said state officials haven't made up their minds about allowing golf to continue on any of the sites."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

amazing that hovnanian is worried about more developments when their new home sales projects are already off

5/09/2006 05:30:00 AM  
Blogger Metroplexual said...

It is amazing how the state swoops in without speaking to the locals about their concerns. Typical..sigh.

5/09/2006 05:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone complaining about this is a greedy developer. This state is looking more like a pavement everyday.

Im glad the state stepped in for once with the protection of open land in mind.

5/10/2006 02:12:00 PM  
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