Southington Town Council exploring purchase of open space

Southington Town Council exploring purchase of open space

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SOUTHINGTON — Properties on Marion Avenue and School Street could become town land with the help of a state grant for the purchase of open space.

The two properties, which total more than five acres, are nearly adjacent and would help create a wildlife corridor, according to town leaders. They are located at 1205 Marion Ave. and 136 School St.

On Monday night, the Town Council referred the land purchase to the Planning and Zoning Commission for review.

The price for the School Street property is $160,000. It’s owned by Don and Nancy Florian, according to town records. The contract for 1205 Marion Ave. is for $105,000. The owners are Peter and Margaret Anderson.

Town Attorney Jeremy Taylor said the state is providing $85,000 towards the purchase of both properties.

Councilor Paul Chaplinsky, open space acquisition committee chairman, said the purchase didn’t add a large amount of open space but said it was important for the area. The properties will be adjacent to portions of privately-owned land that’s either under easement restrictions or unlikely to be developed in the Marion Avenue, School Street and Old Mountain Road area.

“These particular parcels, we really think they’re nice because they provide an opportunity for a wildlife corridor,” Chaplinsky said. “It probably has a larger effect than the actual acreage we’re purchasing.”

The land includes a stream, woodlands and a large open area. Cleared land may also be used for small farming or gardening operations, Chaplinsky said, although there aren’t any current plans for that.

There also aren’t any plans for trails on the property, according to Chaplinsky.
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