Editor's note: Portions of this story have been corrected after clarifications from members of the Board of Selectmen.
A couple dozen committee members took a tour of Lexington’s on Monday, June 13, walking around the parcel’s perimeter under evening skies that had many of them expressing how lucky they were the rain held off.
The guided tour was an official site visit for the Board of Selectmen, who were joined by the town’s Busa Land Use Proposal and Recreation committees. According to selectmen Chairman Hank Manz, the next step is to start talking in depth with the BLUPC about its report on the property.
“This is a typical New England plot,” said Manz. “It’s been divided, subdivided and it’s old. One of the hardest things is going to be how do we decided what to do about the borders.”
The selectmen scheduled the site visit last month, saying getting out and surveying the lay of the land and intricacies of its borders would help with their review of the Busa Land Use Proposal Committee’s recommendation to use the land as a community farm and affordable housing.
When Town Meeting voted to purchase the Busa land, possibilities for the property included a multipurpose field, picnic area, community gardens, trails and associated parking. Additionally, land was to be preserved for open space and community housing, the article’s description said.
In March, the , which favored the Lexington Community Farm Coalition’s community farm proposal, with a small amount of affordable housing.
Currently, the almost eight acres of land is leased to Dennis Busa, the previous owner of Busa Farms, and is being farmed through March of next year.