Pelham to buy 56 acres of conservation land
The 56.5 acres is part of a 70-acre farm on Old County Road. The town is looking to subdivide the parcel, leaving 13 acres that contain a farmhouse and several barns to the owners and purchasing the larger parcel as conservation land for $310,000.
The town will be able to connect an almost 2.5-mile stretch of conservation land from the Cutter Conservation Area to Gumpus Pond. The property would have about 100 feet of frontage on Old County Road, according to Gagnon.
With a purchase price of about $5,500 per acre, he said the property falls within the Conservation Commission’s target of paying under $7,000 per acre for land and will bring the town within 200 acres of its goal of acquiring 1,000 acres with the bond money.
“We’re making good progress, we’re about 80 percent of the way there,” said Gagnon.
Gagnon said the Conservation Commission is constantly looking at available and possible pieces of open space that could be purchased to reach that 1,000-acre goal. He said there is one other parcel the commission has its eye on but couldn’t provide any further details at this time because there is no purchase and sale agreement in place.
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