Talk of extension for Busa Farm

September 4, 2011

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With no decision yet on utilizing the Busa Farm property, selectmen are considering a one-year extension for its current tenants. The town purchased the 8-acre farm from the Busa family for $4.1 million in 2009, and officials have been weighing various options for its future uses, including athletic fields, affordable housing, and a community farm. A committee appointed by the board has recommended setting up a community farm and some affordable housing on the site. While the decision is being made, Deputy Town Manager Linda Vine said, Dennis Busa has requested a one-year license extension to continue farming on the property. Vine said Busa needs to know soon in order to prepare for next year’s growing season. Selectman Hank Manz, the board’s chairman, said even if the panel votes soon to allow a nonprofit group to operate a community farm on the property, it would likely take some time to seek proposals for the arrangement and make a decision on accepting a bid. “I suspect that it would be wise of us to execute a further agreement with Mr. Busa,” Manz said at the board’s meeting Monday. Selectmen could vote on the license extension at their meeting Sept. 12. - Brock Parker

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