Snippet: Save Holmdel’s Horn Antenna ☇

Shared on January 11, 2023

From the petition page:

Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1988, the Horn Antenna sits on 42 beautiful acres in Holmdel Township on Crawford Hill, the highest point in Monmouth County. The Horn Antenna was instrumental in the discovery of cosmic microwave background radiation by scientists Dr. Robert Wilson and Dr. Arno Penzias, which helped confirm the “Big Bang” theory of cosmology. Both men earned Nobel Prizes for their discoveries.

The Holmdel Township Committee recently authorized an investigation into whether the property where the Horn Antenna resides should be designated as “an area in need of redevelopment.” Consequently, this property is in danger of becoming a high-density residential development and the future of the Horn Antenna is at stake.

The fact that it’s a National Historic Landmark doesn’t seem to mean squat, especially as it sounds that your typical “5 over 1” apartments will go there. It should become a park because it’s interesting and significant. Even if the land is of better use, at minimum, save it or put it in a museum? We preserve so many larger, less important things and it would be a shame to see this destroyed.

Update (Oct 17): Some good news—Holmdel will be buying the property and keep the antenna as a historic landmark.

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