Expert: Conway can build on northern end of Rose property

Recorder/Paul Franz
The Rose property off Shelburne Falls Road in Conway.

Recorder/Paul Franz The Rose property off Shelburne Falls Road in Conway.

CONWAY — If the town chooses to build on the 11-acre former Greg Rose property, it could do so along the cornfield’s northern end, according to a professional wetlands expert.

“There are definite possibilities for building senior housing or a safety and fire complex,” said Planning Board Chairman Diane Poland.

After literally waiting for the snow to clear, Emily Stockman of Stockman Associates, LLC in Plainfield provided the results of wetlands delineation to the Planning Board last week.

The Planning Board sought Stockman’s advice to determine where wetlands are located and to determine how and if the town can work around them for future development on the riverfront land in the center of town.

On May 9 and 10, Stockman combed through the field, collected data and reviewed the wetland resource areas previously recorded in 2007.

The delineation is a big step forward for the town’s plans to build on the property, a process that was set in motion this past winter when the town planners discovered the selectmen were considering plans for a municipal complex for the land. Over the years, the Rose property has been eyed by many town boards and committees as a potential site for projects such as senior housing, a public safety complex, soccer fields or a municipal complex.

So far, no group has priority over the land. But the townspeople did recently approve $3,000 for a site analysis for affordable senior housing on the property.

Poland hopes the town will have another community meeting to discuss what proposals should move forward.

You can reach Kathleen McKiernan at:
kmckiernan@recorder.com
or 413-772-0261 ext. 268.

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