A local developer gave the town a gift of more than 20 acres that borders Dogburn Lane, Dogwood Road and New Haven Avenue to be used as open space. The land is excess acreage originally purchased by Starwood Ceruzzi Meadows LLC of Fairfield to construct Best Buy on the Boston Post Road. In presenting the proposal to the Town Plan and Zoning Commission Town Attorney Vin Marino said the parcel is mostly wetlands and no longer makes sense for the developer to own. “It’s beneficial to gift the land to the town so they no longer have to pay taxes on it and they’ll receive a tax deduction as well,” he said. “It’s a good acquisition at no cost to the town, particularly in that part of Orange.”
Zeoli is pleased with the donation, saying it will provide a natural, green buffer, and peace and quiet to the surrounding neighborhoods from the “hustle and bustle of the Post Road.” “It’s nice because we don’t have enough open, green space on that side of town,” he said. The donation will bring open space in town to more than 1000 acres.
The public will have the opportunity to vote on the proposal at 7:30 p.m. September 5 at the High Plains Community Center. The Town Plan and Zoning Commission and the Board of Selectmen have both approved the plan.
By Laura Fantarella – Orange Town News Correspondent