NEW BRITAIN – The Committee on Planning, Zoning and Housing will meet Monday to discuss the sale of multiple city-owned properties, including 15-acres of watershed land.
Over the past few months, the city has ramped up an initiative to sell city-owned property that has been vacant, underutilized and maintained by the Office of Property Management for numerous years. While the sales of three properties are set to be discussed Monday, one of note is the proposed sale of a 15-acre watershed property on Covey Road in Burlington.
The city owns 3,067.88 acres of watershed property in Burlington, and the town of Burlington is seeking to acquire two parcels of land on Covey Road totaling 15-acres for $276,000.
The city’s code of ordinances authorizes the Board of Water Commissioners to sell any watershed land “which it shall deem unnecessary or inadvisable for the City to hold,” subject to approval of the Common Council. The board voted on April 18 to approve the sale after determining the property was not needed for the Burlington watershed system.
According to the resolution on Monday’s agenda, Mayor Erin Stewart has already approved the sale of the property.
The property is designated as Class-3 watershed land which does not require approval of the proposed sale by the Connecticut Department of Public Health.
Farm Credit East performed an appraisal on the 15-acre property in 2017 and determined the parcel had a fair market value of $200,000.
The council will also discuss the sale of 12 Gilbert St. to Robert Elliot for $800 and the sale of 115 Orange St. and 123 Orange St. to Andrew Kowalski for $26,000.
Another item on Monday’s agenda relates to the Historic Preservation Commission. The proposed resolution would amend multiple parts of the city’s code of ordinances and give the Common Council final approval of all applications related to the Historic Preservation Commission. The commission would still give recommendations to the Common Council, but this ordinance amendment would give the council the final stamp of approval on applications for various permits like demolition.
There will be a public hearing regarding the property sales at 6:45 p.m. on Monday, July 9 in Council Chambers, City Hall. The Committee on Planning, Zoning and Housing will convene after public participation.