Monday, April 23, 2018
Atlantic County is providing as much as $25,000 in open space funds to Hamilton Township for the acquisition of an environmentally sensitive 0.8-acre vacant lot at the end of Second Street in Mays Landing.
The county funding represents a 50% match to a state Green Acres grant for the $50,000 total purchase price, according to County Executive Dennis Levinson.
“By acquiring this property we can ensure its protection and preserve its pristine condition,” he stated.
The property, identified as block 809, lot 6, is within the FEMA-designated flood hazard area of Babcock Creek and the federal boundary of the Great Egg Harbor River, part of the National Wild and Scenic River System. It also connects with Underhill Park and will provide continuous open space along Babcock Creek just south of the Atlantic City Expressway to slightly north of Route 40.
“This natural habitat contains undisturbed tidal wetlands and has been identified as a bald eagle foraging area,” Levinson added. “We are pleased to protect it to further enhance the quality of life enjoyed by Atlantic County residents and visitors.”