Centenary College Withdraws
Request for Hackettstown Property
Sept. 30 Hearing Cancelled
(03/132) TRENTON -The Department
of Environmental Protection (DEP) is canceling its final public
hearing on a proposed sale of land in Hackettstown to Centenary
College, because the college today officially withdrew its application
to purchase the property.
Centenary previously had asked the DEP to consider
selling up to 42 acres of the department's Hackettstown fish hatchery
for use as college athletic fields. Public comment has been
overwhelmingly against the sale, and the New Jersey Fish and Game
Council voted unanimously last week not to support the sale.
"The college's wise decision to withdraw its
application reflects appropriate consideration for the concerns of
Hackettstown residents regarding traffic and access issues and
acknowledges the importance of preserving this historic hatchery,"
said Joanna Dunn Samson, DEP deputy commissioner.
"In addition to strong public opposition, the Fish
and Game Council had a number of serious environmental concerns about
the proposed use, including potential affects to operations of the
Hackettstown fish hatchery. It also made no sense to sell the only
land the hatchery had for future expansion," said Scott Ellis,
chairman of the New Jersey Fish and Game Council. "This is good news
not just for the surrounding community, but also for New Jersey
The third and final public hearing on the proposed
sale had been scheduled for Sept. 30. That hearing is cancelled.