Wethersfield: Hearing Tonight On Farm Purchase

The town council will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. today on its proposal to spend $3.01 million to purchase the Wilkus Farm. Full Story
reasonable ron

Mystic, CT

#1 Mar 16, 2009
That Trust for Public Land link isn't quite correct. The specific information on this land is here: http://www.tpl.org/tier3_cd.cfm...
Raised in Wethersfield

Roebling, NJ

#2 Mar 16, 2009
I was raised in Wethersfield in the 50's, 60's and 70's and I would love for the town to purchase this land. I realize that during these harsh economic times this is a difficult expenditure, but it's an investment which will look cheap somewhere down the line. There's an old saying, they don't make more land.
CoveDweller

Bristol, CT

#3 Mar 16, 2009
To hell with open space and the pittance from the state. We can use our zoning powers to make this land worth $20 million, and bring in new blood and ratables!

Anybody else notice how insane our taxes are since revaluation?
Tim

Wethersfield, CT

#4 Mar 17, 2009
CoveDweller wrote:
To hell with open space and the pittance from the state. We can use our zoning powers to make this land worth $20 million, and bring in new blood and ratables!
Anybody else notice how insane our taxes are since revaluation?
Except that nobody is building houses anymore and the land is probably worthless.
tony b

Rocky Hill, CT

#5 Mar 18, 2009
That hearing happened on Monday March 16, it's now March 18. When will the paper report what transpired?
Mayor 420

Stratford, CT

#6 Mar 20, 2009
The council voted to spend 3 1/2 million dollars on property that is worth about 1 million. And we wonder why our taxes are going up?
lost

Hartford, CT

#7 Mar 20, 2009
Finally my town gets it right!
I feel this is a much more valuable expenditure than things like granite curbs in front of the town hall.
I grew up in the area around the pond and would hate to see a generation miss out on what I was fortunate enough to enjoy.
To address Mr. Mayor 420, the value of anything is worth exactly what one party agrees to accept from the party willing to pay. I'm not a real estate pro, but since this land is in the area of town where the homes tend to be on the nicer side, I would venture to guess that if this land was subdivided and sold, far more than 3.5 million would be changing hands.
Next, I'd like to see the town do something about the struggling Silas Deane Highway business district. Something needs to be done to attract businesses that can survive longer than a year. The environment must be such that a smart business owner seeks greener pastures than our end of the Silas Deane, but that's just a guess from comparing the Rocky Hill end to ours. As a fisherman, I'm excited to see CT Outfitters taking up residence, I just hope it can survive on the 'Deane.
Wow, talk about going off on a tangent! sorry about that!
Ridiculous

North Branford, CT

#8 Mar 20, 2009
Well I would have agreed to this purchase but seriously it's waaaay too late. I grew up here also in the 60's, 70's, 80's moved away, came back in 2000. We are already too overbuilt.
analyzer

Southington, CT

#9 Apr 25, 2009
I'm for buying land for open space, but this particular deal is a bad one because the price is about double what it should be, and because it relinquishes complete control of the land to the State. A rational developer will only pay for the land based on the number of buildable lots he can be pretty sure of creating. The 3.5 million price is based on the faulty assumption that 65 lots can be created, but a conservative look makes it only about 30 lots. The other 35 would require all sorts of variances because of wetlands, road lengths to cul-de-sacs, sewer access etc. We should vote "NO" at the referendum and then offer the estate something in the 1.8 to 2.0 million range and keep the State out of it. If we guess wrong, and a developer bids more, the land will still be 65-80% open space because of the above restrictions.
Rotten Onion

Amston, CT

#10 Apr 26, 2009
No need to worry folks, our questionable ethics town council will find a way to ream it up your butt whether you want it or not.

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