From the CIPC minutes of June 28th, the Conservation Commission is seeking $100,000 to go toward the purchase of the Moultonborough Falls Conservation Area. The Con Com purchased an easement on the land and is in the process of raising funds to complete the purchase at the agreed upon price of $335,000. To date they have raised $97,000 and believe that the additional town money will assist their fund raising efforts. Closing on the property needs to occur by April 1, 2018.
This is an important piece of property for number of reasons. According to the Con Com
"It is located in a high-priority conservation zone. The property provides diverse wildlife habitats and corridors, borders sensitive wetlands and has historical value. Located in thriving 1800’s village of Moultonborough Falls, historic photographs show a number of buildings along a dirt road, and cleared land that is much different than what we see today."
The Town/Office of Developmental Services, is requesting $250,000 as a "placeholder" for the Taylor property to be used as follows:
consensus for a potential use,
b) Conduct engineering work,
c) Prepare a Streetscape
d) Complete some minor construction work.
This is part of the village vision
and there are no predetermined uses for the property.
I advocated last year for funding to contract with a professional(s) to create a conceptual view of the property with a focus on use as a town common and include the Taylor building in some re purposed use as part of it.
I hope both projects score high on the CIPC's ranking and that the BoS support them on the 2018 Town warrant.