Greenfield auctions Stone Ridge house, 6-acre parcel for $270K

Staff Writer
Published: 10/13/2021 5:29:50 PM

GREENFIELD — A Hadley man was the highest bidder in Wednesday’s auction of the 6-acre parcel at 87 Stone Ridge Lane, which includes a house.

The property — which was assessed for $258,400 — sold for $270,000, according to Mayor Roxann Wedegartner, who noted the back taxes for the property totaled $60,000.

“I’m delighted we recovered our taxes, which was my sole goal,” she said. “I didn’t ever expect to have it go considerably above.”

She said the auctioneer started the bidding at $100,000, and that the bidding process “went real fast from there.”

Treasurer-Collector Kelly Varner said she doesn’t release details about buyers until a sale goes through and payment is in hand, but she was able to say that a man from Hadley plans to renovate and move into the house.

Originally, the 6-acre parcel was expected to be sold with the 13-acre parcel adjacent to it, which abuts Rocky Mountain Park and contains a network of trails that previous owners have left open to the public.

Concerns about the previously planned auction of the land — originally scheduled for Sept. 22 before it was postponed to Wednesday — were initially raised by the Conservation Commission in a letter to the mayor that was drafted during a special meeting in September.

Wedegartner ultimately agreed to delay the auction, while the Conservation Commission met several times to consider options for conserving the land and ensuring it remains available for recreational use. Commissioners discussed the potential of splitting the two parcels on Stone Ridge Lane, so at the very least, the 13 acres could be retained by the city and — pending a City Council vote — transferred to the commission’s custody.

Following one of those meetings earlier this month, Wedegartner announced that the city will retain, rather than send to auction, the 13-acre parcel on Stone Ridge Lane. Only the 6-acre parcel with the house would be auctioned off.

On Wednesday afternoon, Wedegartner explained that there wasn’t enough time to include stipulations with the sale as far as what the city would prefer the intended use to be, or if efforts to preserve the land should be made.

“I hope this man is interested in working with the Conservation Commission and the city to somehow protect those trails,” she said. “But if he isn’t, he isn’t. We’ll work with the trails we have and figure it out.”

Reporter Mary Byrne can be reached at mbyrne@recorder.com or 413-930-4429. Twitter: @MaryEByrne




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