SOMERSET, NJ-With an eye toward enhancing the famed 70-mileDelaware-Raritan Canal State Park in Central New Jersey, Canal WalkAssociates, LLC--a wholly-controlled affiliate of PremierDevelopment--is in the midst of the restoration of a 19th CenturyDelaware and Raritan Canal Bridge Tender’s House locatedapproximately 0.5 miles from its Canal Walk active adult communityon Schoolhouse Road here.

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The renovation of the historic House--which lies on propertyowned by the State of New Jersey and is overseen by the New JerseyDepartment of Environmental Protection and the Delaware and RaritanCanal Commission--includes considerable structural improvements andextensive exterior and interior upgrades, according to MichaelSommer, senior vice president of the Westfield, N.J.-based PremierDevelopment, which is investing significant capital to fund therestoration project.

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Once completed, the house--originally used as a home for thosewhose job it was to open the swing bridge when canal boats camethrough--is expected to be available for public viewing with thepossibility of future office space, serving as yet anotherhistorical marker along the Delaware-Raritan Canal and towpath,which are part of the National Recreational Trail System.

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Canal Walk is a neighborhood of nearly 1,400 homes for activeadults situated in Somerset County’s Franklin Township and directlylinked to the Delaware-Raritan Canal through community walkingtrails which have been laid out to connect with sections of thehistoric canal that have been preserved as public open space.Spread across its 300-acre site, Canal Walk features a mix ofhousing types, including single-family residences, townhomes andcondominiums. The central gathering destination of Canal Walk is aprivate, 32,000-square-foot clubhouse, which includes a heated pooland whirlpool, a spa with steam room, sauna and a fully equippedfitness room. There is also a library, crafts room, billiards roomand separate men’s and women’s card rooms. Tennis, bocce courts anda putting green are adjacent to the outdoor pool and spa.

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