Shelton eyes $1.3 million, 26-acre land buy

Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti is negotiating for the city's purchase of 26 acres of open space off Old Mill Road.

Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti is negotiating for the city's purchase of 26 acres of open space off Old Mill Road.

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SHELTON - The city may soon be adding more acreage to its portfolio.

The Board of Aldermen, at its meeting Tuesday, voted to authorize Mayor Mark Lauretti to negotiate with Wells Holdings for the purchase of some 26 acres of open space on Old Mill Road.

“This is consistent with what we want to do with other land purchases,” Lauretti said, adding that the city owns open space abutting this property already. “We like to block large parcels together. It helps control what goes on the land, if anything at all.”

Lauretti said the property owners reached out to the city about selling the land. He said the contract is being finalized and could cost the city about $1.3 million.

“It’s their wish to try to preserve as much of the land as possible,” said Lauretti. “It’s a nice piece of property.”

The site presently has a tree farm and borders Route 8 along Long Hill Crossroads.

Discussion of the purchase was held in executive session. If an agreement is reached, Lauretti would need to return to the aldermen to present the purchase price and seek approval for the funding.

Board of Alderman President John Anglace, Jr., said he was unable to comment since specifics were discussed in executive session.

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