Since the fire nearly one year ago, the Friends of Pitney Farm (FOPF) have sought a new and creative approach that allows community use of Pitney Farm, while respecting neighbors’ concerns and meeting Mendham Township’s fiscal needs.
We have listened closely to the opinions expressed on the use of Pitney Farm and considered those for and against past proposals. As a result, we have changed our original plan first presented to the Township in December 2015.
FOPF now propose, The Pitney Farm Park and Homestead. We propose to create and maintain a public park in the 7 acres of designated open space. We will also rehabilitate and restore the oldest surviving section of the farmhouse using approximately one acre at the center of the Pitney property. The remaining portion of the municipally owned area would then be available for residential use at the discretion of the Mendham Township Committee (MTC). Our new approach will:
* preserve a piece of Mendham history,
* provide limited community space, and
* protect and promote the public investment in the open space.
FOPF believes that our new plan is a significant contribution to the “win-win” solution that both MTC and township residents seek.