Nevins developer releases Londonderry from walking trail easement
Following a brief public hearing, town officials agreed to accept current property developer Gilcreast Realty Holdings’ offer to pay the town of Londonderry $35,000 for the release of an open space public easement on the cooperative property.
In March, town officials revealed that developers had made the town an offer to release a decade-old agreement to build a public walking trail.
During a series of public hearings held over the past year, many Nevins residents spoke out against the prospect of a walking trail, noting that in some cases pedestrians could very well end up hiking directly under some homeowners’ windows.
Voters approved the easement in 2003, after previous developer Elmer Pease initially pitched a subdivision on the same site that was much larger and wasn’t age-restricted.
Pease is no longer involved in the project and today there are 135 single-family homes in the Nevins cooperative neighborhood.
Town Council Chairman Tom Dolan said he believed the council made the best decision possible when faced with a difficult situation.
Councilor Jim Butler criticized Pease for his role in creating strife between the town and the Nevins residents.
Dolan agreed with him.
“This developer really created a lot of unnecessary heartburn for you and for the town,” he told the Nevins residents.
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