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Monday, November 6, 2006

Hopkinton buys Lake Whitehall land


The town bought more than 23 acres of land at Lake Whitehall today, less than two weeks after a Middlesex Superior Court judge cleared the way for the deal.

A group of residents had sought to block the deal because they felt the price, $2.7 million, was too high. The land, which borders the town-owned Reed Park and covers part of a peninsula that juts into the water, will be used for passive recreation, according to John Coolidge, chairman of both the Open Space Committee and the Community Preservation Commission.

Eventually, he said, the town will probably consider putting in some parking for people who want to use the property or the park. The purchase was funded almost entirely by the town’s Community Preservation Act fund, which was set up by the town about five years ago and places a 2 percent surcharge on property tax bills.

The state matches 100 percent of the funds taxpayers put in, said Coolidge.

-– Lisa Kocian

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