|Contact: Silvio Marcacci
EAST WINDSOR, N.J.—Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes today joined East Windsor Mayor Janice Mironov and members of the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders to announce that Mercer County has reached an agreement to purchase the development rights to the Lee Turkey Farm, which was in jeopardy of being purchased by developers and closed for business.
“By preserving the Lee Turkey Farm from developers, we ensure that this family farm, which has been run by the same family for six generations and has become a part of Mercer County’s culture and history, remains in operation and helps to maintain our quality of life,” stated County Executive Hughes. “Preservation of the farm has been a priority to me since I learned that it was in jeopardy, and I am proud to stand before you to announce this agreement that allows the Lee Turkey Farm to operate in perpetuity.”
Mercer County will pay a total of $9.8 million in installment payments to the Lee family over the next 30 years for the development rights to the 54-acre property. The Lee family will receive semi-annual interest with a balloon payment at the end of the 30 years. This is the fourth parcel of open space that Mercer County has preserved using installment purchase, a method that Mercer County pioneered in New Jersey. The installment purchase requires the approval of the New Jersey Local Finance Board, and the County expects to finalize the deal this May.
Hughes was joined by East Windsor Mayor Janice Mironov, who remarked, “We are extraordinarily excited by this outstanding preservation accomplishment, which has come about through much cooperation, good will, and the good efforts of County Executive Hughes and the Lee family. Last year after meetings with the Lees, I reached out to Mercer County for assistance and am grateful for the proactive response.”
Continuing, Mayor Mironov noted, “This agreement will save for our community a farm rich in history and a major attraction for school groups, tourists, turkey lovers, and fruit and vegetable pick-your-own comers from the Tri-State area. Our mutual goal was to save the farmland and the farmer.”