Collectively, the Town of Hudson May be 39.57 Acres Richer in Conservation Land

June 7, 2019

 

by Len Lathrop

If no trip ups happen between the last selectmen’s meeting and June 19, there will be more protected open space in Hudson.  The Hudson Conservation Committee, under the direction of Chairman Randy Brownrigg, will be using some of the funds saved by a warrant question and impact fees to purchase 68 Pelham Road.  The Conservation Commission has negotiated the purchase of the 39.57-acre parcel as conservation land for $400,000.  Currently a Purchase and Sale Agreement for the property has been approved by the selectmen with the only open consideration being an easement from the Oak Ridge Condominium Association to provide access between Benson Park and 68 Pelham Road.  While the condominium board of directors is recommending the easement, the association must vote on June 18 at its annual meeting.

The current owner, Empire Homes, Inc, has had the property recently listed for $499,000.  Information from Zillow listed the property as being sold on Dec. 14, 2003, for $250,000 and shows that the property was listed for $550,000 in 2018 and 2019, both marked as listing removed.  The price was reduced to $499,000 on March 20.

Peter Noury, president of Empire Homes, has agreed to hand over to the town the ownership of all electronic files of the property, at no cost; these include all boundary plans, existing conditions and wetland delineation for the property.

This parcel abuts the Benson Park land and reportedly already has some hiking trials on it; it is centrally located in Hudson so will add to the town’s open space. There were plans to build 31 homes on the land, and, with these actions, that can’t happen.  Checking with the accessing office, currently the property taxes are $5,853 for 2018 calculated on an assessed value of $291,200.

This purchase will reduce the conservation funds on hand from approximately $1.6 million to $1.2 million.  Selectmen voted 4-1 to purchase this property pending the easement approval; only Selectman Coutu in opposition.