Date: Aug 13, 2009
Press Release Number: 107-2009
The Port Authority Board of Commissioners today authorized the acquisition of 9.7 acres of environmentally valuable property in South Plainfield, N.J., that will be preserved for public use.
The land, known as the Adams property, will be acquired under a $60 million program to help the Port Authority balance its redevelopment plans with the need to preserve critical habitats and waterfront areas for public use in New York and New Jersey.
The acquisitions are properties that environmental groups identified as candidates for preservation and meet at least one of several criteria, including the ability to provide public access to waterfront areas; the ability to provide buffer areas around Port Authority facilities; and the ability to preserve key natural resource territories.
The South Plainfield property is part of the Dismal Swamp complex. It will add public access to green space in the middle of densely populated Middlesex County and provide flood protection for neighboring residents.
Port Authority Chairman Anthony R. Coscia said, "As a public agency, it's important to us to preserve and protect public land that will enhance the quality of life in the region. This acquisition will balance our responsibilities to build transportation infrastructure with our mission to be good environmental stewards."
Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward said, "More and more of our important public resources are vanishing as our city's and towns respond to the region's growing population. Our initiative will preserve environmentally friendly public space for us to enjoy for generations to come."
Port Authority Deputy Executive Director Susan Bass Levin said, "We are excited to play a part in preserving the Dismal Swamp for generations to come. This important project ensures that central New Jersey will continue to provide access to important public space that will help maintain the quality of life in our neighborhoods."
Since the program began in 2001, the Port Authority has authorized approximately $22 million for acquiring and improving more than 230 acres in New Jersey and $19 million for more than 108 acres in New York.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Candace McAdams or Spencer Schrage, 212 435-7777
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates many of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, Stewart International and Teterboro airports; AirTrain JFK and AirTrain Newark; the George Washington Bridge and Bus Station; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH (Port Authority Trans-Hudson) rapid-transit system; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Port Authority Auto Marine Terminal; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency also owns the 16-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan and is a partner in the Access to the Region's Core tunnel project.