Hennessey Property Acquisition
The Maxwell Conservation Trust
brought this project to the
Community Preservation Committee in 2008, and Town Meeting approved the purchase in Spring 2009.
The Town purchased the 20.6 acres of undeveloped open space land
south of Bates Lane in Scituate’s West End from the Hennessey Family Trust for
$350,200, plus up to $5,000 for legal costs associated with placing conservation
restrictions on the property, for a total project cost of $355,200. The CPC vote
was conditioned such that the purchase price of the property could not exceed
the appraised value. An appraisal of the property was conducted.
acquired is a beautiful property, almost entirely upland, heavily wooded, and
full of wildlife. It is adjacent to other conservation property in the West End,
and is accessible from Bates Lane and Indian Wind Drive.
In addition to
preserving quality open space and extending the local trail system for
recreational hiking, the property is in a water resource zone and benefits the water preservation efforts of both Scituate and Cohasset.
The above 20.6 was part of a larger
property being developed under a flexible open space model. Due to the
increasingly limited amount of open space left in Scituate, this type of project
may be the most realistic “model” for conserving land in the future, with
limited development coupled with preservation.
This project fully meets the requirements of the Town’s CPC goals for open space by enhancing the quality and variety of passive and active recreational
opportunities for Town residents, while protecting environmentally sensitive, historic and culturally significant properties.
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