Friday, April 7, 2000
Acton Town Meeting approves 234-acre purchase on Carlisle line
By a resounding vote of 607 to 50, the residents of Acton voted to purchase the 234-acre Robbins Mill Pond property for $6.8 million. To complete the project, Acton voters must approve a debt exclusion override at their election on May 16. If approved, 60 acres will be available for ballfields and the balance will be conservation land, available for low-impact recreation.
The parcel is located off Carlisle Road in Acton, abutting the Carlisle town line and landowners off West Street, Log Hill and Woodland Roads. The property is a high protection priority becasue it is strategically located next to 400 acres of protected open space at Acton's Spring Hill, Nashoba Brook, Hearthstone Hill and Camp Acton conservation areas. It was identified as the top acquisition priority in the Acton Open Space and Recreation Plan.
The Robbins Mill Pond property is currently under option to the Trust for Public Land (TPL) for $7.8 million, and TPL is working with the Acton Conservation Trust and Carlisle Conservation Foundation to raise the remaining $1 million needed to purchase the property. To date, more than $300,000 has been pledged toward this goal and the coalition is working to raise the remaining $700,000 by October 31. Spokesman for TPL David Santomenna pointed out that the purchase price is well below the property's appraised value of $9.6 million.
On March 30, the landowners, Liberty Realty Trust and the Drake Trust, filed a subdivision plan for the creation of 126 new single-family homes on the property. If the conservation project is unsuccessful, the landowner is likely to pursue sale of the property for residential development.
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