The Board of Aldermen has approved paying $500,000 to purchase 10.8 acres from Lupe Maybeck, near Soundview Avenue and Meadow Street.

The land-locked property — consisting of two parcels — abuts a large city-owned parcel off Soundview Avenue. The first payment will be $200,000, with subsequent payments of $100,000 each June during the next three years.

Mayor Mark Lauretti said the property adjoins a large block of land the city has been assembling for two decades, with about 500 acres now in municipal ownership.

“That area used to be all farms,” said Lauretti, noting the Maybecks are a longtime Shelton family that once sold eggs and raised cattle on their property.

The newly-purchased land will remain open space for now, he said, but might eventually be used for other purposes such as recreational fields or community gardens.

Prevents residential development

Lauretti said having the city buy the land means it won’t be turned into housing in the future that might increase demand for city services, including the school system.

“We won’t have to deal with another Hawks Ridge,” he said in a reference to a proposed development the Shelton Planning and Zoning Commission in expected to approve that involves rezoning 41 acres of industrially-zoned land to allow more than 110 housing units as well as an assisted living facility.