Posted Oct 26, 2016 at 8:10 PM

A remnant of local history might take on a new role in a major development project in Smithfield Township. Developers on Wednesday announced tentative plans to preserve part of a former farm near Routes 209 and 447 as part of a massive business complex.

Legend Properties Inc. last year acquired the 81-acre former Mosier’s Farm site to build the Smithfield Gateway. The multi-phase project will create a residential and retail center, bringing with it more than a thousand jobs and major road improvements.

On Wednesday, Legend Properties CEO Jim DePetris said he hopes to retain part of the farm in the process.