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The Sourland Conservancy Creates STOP THE HOTEL Legal Action Fund

The Sourland Conservancy has created a Legal Action Fund to collect donations to support following the legal process to preserve the Mountain Resource Conservation district and protect the ecological resources of the Sourland Mountain per our mission.

Donations may be made:

The Sourland Conservancy is a 501(C)(3) tax exempt entity. Donations are tax-deductible as provided by law.

Throughout our fight to prevent the development of “The Hopewell” in the middle of preserved, open space at Baldpate Mountain and Fiddlers Creek Preserve, the Sourland Conservancy has served as scientific experts, advocates, and educators in trying to urge the Hopewell Township Zoning Board to protect the Mountain Conservation District and deny the variance application for The Hopewell hotel complex on Fiddlers Creek Road.

Despite opposition from many members of the public, on August 2, 2023, the Zoning Board voted to approve the variance .  On December 6, 2023, the Board voted to approve the Resolution memorializing the conditions the applicant must meet to receive upcoming site plan approvals.  We’ve reached out to the Township to get a copy of the Resolution.

STOP THE HOTEL wants all of you who have fought alongside us this past year to know that we’re not done yet.  Your stamina to attend 16 meetings, week after week, and your courage to testify at these oftentimes tense meetings has inspired us to keep going. 

Since the vote, you’ve let us know that you want us to keep working, but we need your financial support.  Please donate what you can.

Sign our petition right here on this site

The historic Hollystone Manor has been slated to be turned into a hotel with spa, gift shop, full-scale restaurant, and gym.

Hollystone Manor is a historic home in Hopewell Township. Built before 1819 by the man who founded Titusville, it represents Hopewell Township’s history. Surrounded by a many acres of fragile ecosystem in the restricted Mountain Conservation zoning district, the land hosts myriad species of flora and fauna.

The home’s new buyer wants to turn this historic and environmentally-important property into a private hotel, which will permanently alter the landscape and have a detrimental effect on rural western Hopewell Township.

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