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ROBBINSVILLE, NJ - (March 15, 2019) - Robbinsville Township is now the official owner of Miry Run.
The Township today filed a declaration of taking in New Jersey Superior Court, which included a check for the appraised value of $1.34 million, to obtain title to the 158.5 acre property formerly owned by Spring Garden Country Club Inc.
Judge Mary C. Jacobson signed an order March 14, 2019 appointing three commissioners and expects a report to be delivered to her on or by July 15. The commissioners will set the final valuation of the parcel.
Robbinsville Township filed an action of taking in NJ Superior Court in November, 2018 determining that acquisition of Block 28, Lots 14, 16, 51, 53 and parts of Lots 7, 11 and 13 as shown on the official tax Maps of Robbinsville Township is in the public interest. The property will be used for passive recreation and be added to the Township's considerable open space inventory, thus furthering the goals set forth in the Township Master Plan.
Mercer County has pledge to help with the final cost of obtaining the Miry Run.
"Today is a very good day," Mayor Dave Fried said. "It’s frustrating for some how long these things take. (Eminent Domain) is something you want to be thoughtful with. For us, it is a tool of last resort. Thank you to the residents of Robbinsville for once again supporting our open space goals and initiatives.”
The Eminent Domain Act provides a procedure for a municipality to engage in formal negotiations and, in the event such negotiations are unsuccessful, to file a condemnation action and to secure a determination as to the price to be paid as fair and just compensation in advance of the filing of a declaration of taking.