Land going, going, gone in Westford

Land going, going, gone in Westford

There are 9 comments on the Lowell Sun story from May 10, 2010, titled Land going, going, gone in Westford. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

When notice went online recently of the town land auction on May 19, there were more than 7,000 hits the first day.

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Princeton, MA

#1 May 10, 2010
Wish the Town of Littleton would act since it has close to 500 properties that the town owns and most are nothing but tax take overs. Most border other lots that homes are on and those families could use the land for septic systems or larger yards. Yet the elected officials there can't see the forest for the trees.

Great job Westford.
Oh Oh

Westford, MA

#2 May 10, 2010
Buyer beware is the key word here.

Paquin knows how much land the Town has,or should. The Tax Possession committee has been "giving" away land for years to special interests.

Princeton, MA

#3 May 10, 2010
As long as the land gets back on the tax roles, it is a good thing. Conservationists always play the Open Space card when these lots are no where considered Open Space and wasn't acquired as such.

Towns are not in the land business except for buying through the vote of the people to acquire such land for recreation, municipal or open space purposes.

Land that was once considered tax revenue should go back to being just that.
Watch out Westford

Boston, MA

#4 May 10, 2010
There will be a great number of developers at this auction looking for land for 40B projects...

Nomans Land, MA

#5 May 10, 2010
You can't put 40B projects on these small parcels. Sounds like a good idea.

Somerville, MA

#6 May 10, 2010
Yay, Westford can hire some more town hacks with the extra cash.

Westford, MA

#7 May 11, 2010
One time revenues from these sales are not going to do diddly for the town budget and will only help certain favored developers.

Concord, MA

#8 May 20, 2010
Westford keeps the land and it is wasteful, they auction the land and it is for the "developers". They should change the word comments to complaints and whining for most....

The committee is doing something which many may not agree with, but at least they are doing something, which is more than I can say for most of the committee's in Westford.

Boston, MA

#9 May 27, 2010
So if the committee is doing something that people disagree with, but that's ok because they are doing "something"??

Thats the worst logic I've ever heard.

I didn't hear anyone complaining that it was wasteful when the town kept the land.

Open space and unused land is only a bad thing if you're a developer. Open space costs the town 30 cents for every dollar of tax revenue it brings in. Developed space costs the town $1.42 for every $1 it brings in.

Westford taxes will go UP if this land is developed.

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