N.J. Cold War base to get makeover

June 28, 2006 at 5:10 PM
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SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J., June 28 (UPI) -- Local and federal politicians have secured a deal that will turn a Cold War-era missile base in South Brunswick, N.J., into valuable real estate.

The U.S. General Services Administration has pledged $150,000 for environmental cleanup and will transfer the property, which houses numerous decrepit buildings on two sites totaling 31 acres.

The Gloucester County Times reports the PH-58 Nike Base still contains fuel tanks, electric transformers and soil laced with lead.

An environmental assessment is needed as well as constant monitoring.

South Brunswick Mayor Joe Chila said one of the sites may be turned into a business zone while the other may become a park or some other type of community recreation resource.

He said a portion of the structure should be retained to commemorate the Cold War and veterans stationed there ready for an attack by the Soviet Union.

The cleanup begins on July 10.

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