Borough Administrator Sharon McCullough said Tuesday Camden County Freeholder Jeffrey Nash told her the county wanted to take an "active role" in the purchase of the nearly 19-acre Bancroft property on Kings Highway East.
The message was delivered Tuesday at a meeting of the Haddonfield Board of Commissioners at the the Muncipal Hall.
McCullough said it wasn't immediately known how much money the county can provide in open-space grants. The borough had previously been awarded $500,000 for an open-space purchase that required matching funds, which were expected to be provided with money from a borough open-space tax.
McCullough also said borough school officials were refining a plan for the purchase of Bancroft and hoped to have a joint meeting with commissioners sometime in January to explain the changes. School officials introduced a plan that could cost as much as $24 million to buy and improve the property, which is adjacent to the high school. It has been the main campus of Bancroft, a center for people with developmental disabilities and acquired brain injuries, for the past 128 years.
Before the Bancroft discussion, the commissioners unanimously approved a $3.6 million temporary borough budget. It's 26.5 percent of what the borough budget is expected to be when adopted, which will likely be before April. The money funds borough government until a budget is adopted.