Norwell: Carleton Property Committee Makes Recommendations to Selectmen

Photo courtesy of the Norwell Carleton Property Committee.

Photo courtesy of the Norwell Carleton Property Committee.

 

In 2018, voters in Norwell approved the purchase of 124 acres of land, known as the Carleton property for $3.8 million dollars.

Since then, the nine-member Carleton Property Committee has met to figure out the next steps for the property.

A first order of business is renaming the property to the Cushing Property. Surrounding land was owned by the Cushing Family, with records dating back to the 1700’s.

Selectmen Alison Demong says the committee held over 20 meetings to gather feedback on the property.

“It’s a really crucial piece of property near the center of town. It’s very visible from our Main Street with the beautiful, open fields. With 124 acres, it’s a real opportunity,” said Demong.

“We wanted to make sure that we explored various options that could be done with CPA money.”

Demong said the Athletic Fields Committee did not feel the property was suitable for a field development.

The committee is recommending an article at Annual Town Meeting that the town designate 114 acres for open space and conservation. This would include passive recreation, gazebos, or boardwalks.

Another article is to designate 9.3 acres for community housing and passive recreation. The Community Housing Trust does not have a project in mind, but wanted an option.  

“After meeting with various boards, we came to the conclusion that the best use is to keep it in conservation, that’s really what people want,” said Demong. “That’s what they want to see there. We really value conservation land in the town of Norwell.”

The Board of Selectmen unanimously recommended both articles for the Town Meeting warrant.

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