Conservation easement on the table in NashuaBy KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correpondent
May 12. 2014 7:13PM
NASHUA — A private school on Groton Road is hoping to expand its property, which could result in a large conservation easement for the city.
The Nature of Things school is planning to buy a large, adjacent parcel of property at 9 Groton Road, which would be used for educational purposes. The property’s price — $675,000 — could be cut in half if city officials approve a proposed acquisition of a 10-acre conservation easement on the site.
If authorized by the Nashua Board of Aldermen and the Nashua City Planning Board, the owners of the school, Denis and Deborah Gleeson, will pay $337,500 for the 17.3 acre property, and the city will pay the same amount with conservation funds for a conservation easement.
“The school will utilize approximately 6 acres for educational purposes. Approximately 10.45 acres will be subject to a conservation easement, which easement and its terms will be negotiated at a later time,” says the proposed resolution that will be presented to the Board of Aldermen tonight. “The plan is that the remaining approximately .88 acres will be subdivided and transferred to the city to become part of Yudicky Park.
There is currently $2.2 million in the city’s conservation fund that could be utilized for the $337,500 purchase of the conservation easement, according to the proposal.
The Gleeson’s have a target closing date of the end of July, however there is an option to extend the closing until Aug. 31, 2014, if necessary. According to city’s assessment records posted online, the property at 9 Groton Road is assessed at $382,700. A four bedroom, 3,000-square-foot home that was constructed in 1983 sits on the 17-acre parcel being sought for purchase.
The city’s conservation commission has already voted in support of the easement acquisition.
The Nature of Things school offers preschool through eighth-grade learning opportunities on a 22-acre farm site spanning from Nashua into Dunstable, Mass. About 19-acres of the school’s property is undeveloped.
A working farm exists on the school’s campus.
The proposed resolution, being sponsored by aldermen Mike Soucy and Brian McCarthy, will have its first reading at tonight’s Board of Aldermen meeting starting at 7:30 at Nashua City Hall.
The proposal will then be assigned to an aldermanic committee for further review and analysis.
Two years ago, city officials authorized two separate easements, including a 3-acre conservation easement deed for a portion of property around the water tank off Concord Street, along with a separate, 3-acre recreational easement on the same parcel for an athletic field near the Pennichuck Middle School.