On April 13, 2015, at the request of the Mendham Township Committee, the Friends of Pitney Farm presented their “Win-Win” preliminary proposal to save the most historic portion of the 5.1 acre property. The remaining acreage could be sold by the Township. This proposal honours the overwhelming support from the public to save Pitney Farm in perpetuity, the many recommendations of historic preservationists, the Township’s own Master Plan and the urging of Mendham Township’s own Historic Preservation Committee to save Pitney Farm. At the same time, the Friend’s proposal that the Township sell off a portion of Pitney Farm would help the Township’s finances and reduce current commitments to the property.
Sadly, after the majority of the standing-room-only supporters of Pitney Farm left the meeting, the Mendham Township Committee disregarded public sentiment and expert recommendations. Instead, they directed Township Attorney, John Mills, to pursue public auction of the entire 5.1 acres.
Here is the preliminary proposal made by the Friends of Pitney Farm:
If you support the saving of all or a portion of the 1722 Pitney Farm, rather than its sale to a developer who will put all the historic structures at risk, pursue intensive development of the site, and build homes on the property, please send a Letter to the Editor, and also e-mail each one of the 5 Mendham Township Committee members right now. All the contact information you need to help save Pitney Farm can be found in our “Get Involved” section of this web site.