Shelton continues to buy up open space properties in the city

The Board of Aldermen have approved the purchase of Guy Beardsley's 14-acre woodlot located between Nicholdale Farm and Pearmain Road. This is marked "Beardsley Conservation Area" on the map.

The Board of Aldermen have approved the purchase of Guy Beardsley's 14-acre woodlot located between Nicholdale Farm and Pearmain Road. This is marked "Beardsley Conservation Area" on the map.

Shelton Conservation and Trails/Contributed photo

SHELTON — The city is continuing to add to its open space stock.

The Board of Aldermen, at its meeting Thursday, approved the purchase of 14 acres on Pearmain Road owned by the late Guy Beardsley for $218,000. The open space sits between Nicholdale Farm and Pearmain Road.

The 14-acre parcel is within the Pearmain Path that was recently completed by the Shelton Conservation and Trails Committee.

“Most of the property was previously protected from subdivision with a state grant, but not from development as a single lot or from logging and agricultural-related activities, including the construction of buildings such as a barn and greenhouse,” according to the Shelton Conservation and Trails Committee Facebook page.

Mayor Mark Lauretti said obtaining open space such as this site on Pearmain Road has allowed for the city to maintain population stability. He added that for developers, residential builds are the “low hanging fruit in Shelton … it is always a winner.”

That is why, he said, purchasing these kinds of available sites has remained a priority. Overall, Lauretti said the city has purchased 2,000 acres of open space during his three decades in office - and “it is all paid for.

“It is important to keep a balance between residential development and open space,” Lauretti said.

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