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Waddington offers 147.6 acres of land to adjacent landowners

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WADDINGTON – The town is offering its River Road properties for sale to adjacent landowners.

The 147.16 acres were evaluated in August at a total of $145,400. Waddington announced its final appraisals for the River Road properties Monday. The land lies west of Leishman Point, along the River Road.

Formerly owned by the New York Power Authority, the land was obtained through eminent domain during St. Lawrence-Franklin D. Roosevelt Power Project. Portions of the land were sold to the town from NYPA in 2002 and 2007.

“Once the properties advanced to the town, we have been discussing different options for the properties along the River Road, Leishman Point and Whitehouse Bay for a few years,” Town Supervisor Mark Scott said Thursday.

Earlier this year, the town passed an economic strategic plan that outlined ideas for the land, including the former NYPA property, using input from its citizens. According to the plan, the top land use preference for the parcels is for residential development, campgrounds, and cabins. However, town officials passed a resolution in August that would give adjacent landowners first option of the land.

“The decision of the town was to get this property back to the adjacent landowners and to get it back on the tax rolls,” said Councilor Member Robert Dalton.

As of Thursday, the town has heard from one landowner, Mr. Scott said. Landowners will have until February to decide if they want purchase the land from the town.

“After that, the board will have to make a decision on what to do with the land,” said Mr. Scott.

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