Wednesday, January 27, 2010

No Contest in Madison: Voters Approve Land Purchase

Voters in Madison easily approved spending $9 million in their own tax money to buy the old Griswold Airport. It was a wise decision, even in tough economic times. And give a bit of credit to the owners, Leyland Alliance, for being willing to negotiate seriously. Here's what the Hartford Courant says about the property, which is 42 acres:

The property has 456 feet of frontage on the Hammonasset River and a 2,000-foot marshland border with Hammonasset Beach State Park. The property is part of the Atlantic coastal flyway and serves as a key breeding ground for fin fish in the river leading to Long Island Sound.

About 70 percent of the site will be set aside for passive public use, such as hiking trails and platforms for viewing wildlife. Recreational fields and, potentially, a small commercial development on Boston Post Road will occupy the rest of the site.

2 Comments:

Blogger The Swarthy Indian said...

John Hay mentions Long Island Sound in his wonderful 1966 book The Atlantic Shore, a science book that reads like poetry...should make good reading for someone of your interests.

6:30 PM  
Blogger Tom Andersen + Gina Federico said...

Thanks. I read it ages ago, 1985 probably. Can't say I loved it but I liked his book about Great Gull Island and also The Run.

7:07 PM  

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