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Should Town Buy Solar Farm Land?

Open space committee to review Harvey's Farm's plan to take the solar farm site out of Massachusetts Chapter 61A.

Should Westborough seek to buy the land planned for a solar project at Harvey’s Farm?

Westborough’s Open Space Committee will discuss this issue at 7:30 tonight in Forbes Municipal Building Room 23.

Town Manager Jim Malloy told selectmen Tuesday night he asked the committee to review the matter and report back in time for the Jan. 22 selectmen’s meeting.

Harvey’s Farm seeks to remove from Massachusetts Chapter 61A (agricultural) status the land the solar project will occupy, Malloy said.

Westborough has the right of first refusal to “acquire the property for fair market value,” he said, “even though they’re not selling it.”

The process is spelled out here.

However, the land is “in the middle of Harvey’s Farm, so I don’t think it’s very likely that we’re going to want to exercise this option, because we wouldn’t have access to it,” Malloy said.

Dexter Blois January 10, 2013 at 02:26 PM
Access? Even though the town may not have access, has anyone from the town actually discussed this property with the Harvey family? This property is immediately adjacent to Pine Grove Cemetery and would be a natural expansion for it, rather than the property on Nourse Street that is removed from the town's center, full of ledge and not yet developed (it must be cleared and readied). The cost to purchase Harvey's should be matched against the cost to process and develop the Nourse Street property.

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