Greenfield to retain 13-acre parcel at Stone Ridge Lane

  • Map showcasing 87 Stone Ridge Lane and the adjacent 13-acre parcel the city plans to retain. Screenshot

Staff Writer
Published: 10/1/2021 5:06:15 PM

GREENFIELD — Mayor Roxann Wedegartner announced Friday afternoon that the city will retain, rather than send to auction, the 13-acre parcel on Stone Ridge Lane that abuts Rocky Mountain Park.

The land, which has been privately owned for decades, 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 Oct. 13 — were initially raised by the Conservation Commission in a letter to the mayor that was drafted during a special meeting in September.

Wedegartner agreed to delay the auction, while the Conservation Commission met several times to consider options for conserving the land. Earlier this week, 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.

“I think keeping that 13-acre parcel is a good outcome that will preserve the majority of the hiking trails,” said Conservation Chair Travis Drury.

Drury said he wished there was more time to also consider options for the 6-acre parcel at 87 Stone Ridge Lane, which includes a house, but he understands the city’s desire to auction the land before winter.

Still, he considers it an “overall good outcome.”

“I’m really glad we were able to preserve more of the ridge, which was one of the city’s goals in the Open Space and Recreation Plan,” he said. “I think that’s a win for the people of Greenfield.”

Recreation Director Christy Moore said retaining the land was an opportunity to preserve “our natural environment and expand green space in perpetuity.”

“The Rocky Mountain ridge trail system is highly utilized and is a vital recreational resource for our community,” she said.

The adjacent 6-acre parcel containing a 2,900-square-foot, 1915 single-family home will be sold at auction on Oct. 13, at noon on Court Square in front of City Hall. More information on the auction and property can be found at bit.ly/3iJwXjF.

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


Jobs



Support Local Journalism

Subscribe to the Greenfield Recorder, keeping Franklin County informed since 1792.


Greenfield Recorder

14 Hope Street
Greenfield, MA 01302-1367
Phone: (413) 772-0261
Fax: (413) 772-2906

 

Copyright © 2021 by Newspapers of Massachusetts, Inc.
Terms & Conditions - Privacy Policy