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Town Ponders Uses of Former Campground

September 1, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Elected officials in Brookfield, Mass, are pondering what to do with recently acquired former campground.

At their meeting Tuesday (Aug. 30), selectmen discussed possible uses of Lakeside Campground, off Hobbes Avenue near North Pond. Massachusetts Land Court recently awarded the property to the town for unpaid taxes. It was assessed at $650,000, the Worcester Telegram reported.

Options include selling the land or using it for housing. The town of 1,200 is located 15 miles west of Worcester.

Selectman Peter S. O’Connell, the board’s chairman, said he had “historic concerns” about the land. He noted archaeological surveys for American Indian artifacts were required for parcels in the immediate area, a matter he said the town will need to look into before considering a sale.

O’Connell also questioned whether the property could be part of the town’s master plan, and recommended the property be appraised.

“We should look at whether (the land) has economical development potential,” he said, adding the property might be able to help with the town’s housing obligations or recreational needs.

Selectman Stephen J. Comtois II said he was in favor of selling the property to recoup unpaid town taxes and foreclosure expenses.

Meanwhile, selectmen agreed to direct Police Chief Michael K. Blanchard to secure the property, including buildings and a swimming pool.

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