MANCHESTER – The township purchased two lots that will allow its Crestwood water facility to be expanded some time in the future.
The township purchased the lots – one 1.56-acre lot (Block 75, Lot 98.06), and another 1.42-acre lot (Block 75, Lot 98.04) – at 330 and 340 Schoolhouse Road for $50,000. The owner, Mark Properties LLC, of Mountain Lakes, New Jersey, was looking to sell four neighboring lots for residential homes to be built on.
“The purchase of .04 and .06 is twofold. First for future expansion of the old Crestwood water facility, which is now owned by the township. The property includes a ground storage tank for water, a treatment facility and offsite well. This provides water to the west side of town,” Manchester Township Business Administrator Donna Markulic said. “The second reason is to ensure residential homes are not directly next to our facility. We wouldn’t want to worry about being considered bad neighbors to new residential homes built close to the facility.”
If the properties were sold to other buyers, the township wouldn’t be able to expand the water facility, Markulic said. However, there are no immediate plans to expand the facility.
The township purchased the water system from the Crestwood Village Water Company in February 2010.