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Pearl River Tennis Courts Face Demolition After Land Sale

Tennis courts near Ehrhardt and Townline roads are set to be demolished to make way for a cluster of six new homes.
Tennis courts near Ehrhardt and Townline roads are set to be demolished to make way for a cluster of six new homes. Photo Credit: Google Maps

PEARL RIVER, N.Y. -- Tennis courts that have stood near the intersection of Ehrhardt and Townline roads since 1931 will soon be demolished to make way for six private homes, according to lohud.com.

The 3-acre tract is under contract, soon to be sold to developer for nearly $1 million, according to lohud.com

Ed Merritt said his grandfather, a farmer by trade, was not a tennis player but built the courts as a business investment to better his family's situation during the Great Depression, according to lohud.com.

Merritt suggested that "thousands of people" learned to play tennis on the court during the sport's popularity peak, according to lohud.com.

Merritt, who shut the courts down last year, said maintaining the courts was too much work for him, according to lohud.com.

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