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North Adams Approves Land Sale Plan In Vermont

This is a picture of North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright
Jim Levulis
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WAMC

North Adams, Massachusetts has approved the first steps to sell 218 acres the city owns in Pownal, Vermont. 

Outgoing Mayor Richard Alcombright says he has wanted to sell the land that was once part of the Broad Brook watershed for years.

“We don’t use the watershed,” Alcombright said. “We don’t access it anymore.”

The city council gave the OK to sell the land at Tuesday night’s meeting.

In 2013, the land was pitched alongside the sale of 420 acres in Stamford, Vermont, but was denied by North Adams city councilors who thought it could be sold for more.

The city did sell 3,000 acres to federal and Vermont conservancies a decade ago.

Alcombright says bidding could start at $500 an acre. 

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