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Salem land purchase approved

SALEM — The Conservation Commission has given its OK to the purchase of 8.75 acres of land on Veterans Memorial Parkway for a conservation easement.

The $15,300 proposed purchase will now have to go before selectmen for final approval. The land will be paid for with conservation funds.

The land across from the Ingram Senior Center is primarily wetland and abuts other conservation land in the area.

Planning Director Ross Moldoff said the land acquisition will ensure that people coming into Salem in that area will have a green entrance into the town.

“We have signed a purchase and sale agreement with Dr. Karen Crowley, who owns the 8.75-acre parcel on Veterans Memorial Parkway with 1,800 feet of frontage,” said Moldoff.

A site assessment of the property shows no recognized environmental hazards, although there is some debris on the property that needs to be cleaned up, according to Moldoff.

“We started talking about this last year and we did attempt to get the abutting property owner and landowner to clean up the property,” said Moldoff. He said the debris is not an environmental hazard, but is mostly brush and some residential debris.

Conservation Commission member

“I’ve been on the commission for 25 years, and this has always been on our radar,” Conservation Commission member Thomas Campbell said. “I’m glad the opportunity has come up and I’m going to support that we buy this.”

The Conservation Commission unanimously approved the purchase. It will now be forwarded to the Board of Selectmen for final approval.

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