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City moves forward with Lot 1 buy

By Richard Conn/Daily News Staff
Daily News Tribune
Posted Jan 21, 2009 @ 12:25 AM

The Committee of the Whole last night voted to accept a deed for 6.5 acres on Trapelo Road, part of a larger parcel commonly referred to as Lot 1.

Lot 1 is a 54-acre parcel on the former Middlesex County Hospital campus, of which the other 47.5 acres lies in Lexington. It's land that elected officials and community activists for years have fought to keep out of developers' hands.

Early last year, the Legislature passed a bill that allowed the state to transfer the land to Waltham, and sell it at fair market value. Last month, the City Council voted 10-4 to spend $930,000 from the city's Community Preservation Act fund to buy Waltham's portion of Lot 1.

City Councilors Joe Giordano, David Marcou and Robert Waddick last night voted against accepting the deed to the property, which is an agreement between the city and the state Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance.

The full council will vote Monday on whether to accept the deed. If the deed is approved, the land will be left undeveloped and be used for recreation.

In a memo to the City Council earlier this month, Mayor Jeannette McCarthy said with the purchase the city would not only become the "gatekeeper" for Waltham's portion, but also for Lexington's larger slice of Lot 1.

Richard Conn can be contacted at 781-398-8004 or
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