POLL: Should the Town Buy the Wright Farm Property?
Answer the question before it goes to Town Meeting by take our poll and adding your opinion in the comment section below.
On or after April 30, annual Town Meeting will be asked to authorize the purchase of most of the Wright Farm property for $2.95 million.
Under the current proposal, the town would acquire 13-plus acres of the farmland in Lexington’s northwest corner for conservation purposes, while small section of the land would be withheld from the sale and remain owned and occupied by the Wright family.
The proposed land acquisition heads to Town Meeting backed by the Board of Selectmen, Conservation Commission and Community Preservation Committee, which last Friday recommended using CPA funds for the purchase.
Supporters of the acquisition see Wright Farm’s fields as beautiful open space situated in an area that already includes the Burlington Landlocked Forest, the Paint Mine Conservation Area and Bedford’s Old Reservoir.
A conservation restriction would be placed on the land purchased, and the town would retain first right of refusal on the withheld parcel, that includes the farmhouse and barn. Affordable housing has been discussed as a future use for that lot should the Wright family decided to sell.
The selectmen and Conservation Commission will hold a public hearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at Cary Hall to educate the public and Town Meeting members about the Wright Farm purchase proposal.
But in the meantime, we want to know, Do you think the town should aquire Wright Farm for conservation purposes? Take our poll or share your thoughts in the comment section below.