Letter: Is purchasing green space land for proposed middle school wise?

Published: 5/16/2022 7:02:31 AM
Modified: 5/16/2022 7:00:44 AM

During a forty year high record inflation is the added purchase of the CenterPoint land on Clinton Street for a new middle school prudent? Are there cheaper alternatives, like using the land where Rundlett is now? The CenterPoint land is a valuable wildlife corridor connecting White Farm with the Russell-Shea and Cilley State Forest. It’s one of a few remaining places where Bobolinks nest, American woodcocks display, and wild turkeys bring their young to feed. It’s very good farmland with great soils and if a school is built on the site it would never be productive farmland again. Many large mammals like deer, bears, fox, coyote and turkeys need large areas to survive and move safely from one feeding area to another. Maintaining valuable agricultural lands that benefit animals and residents of the city is vital to keeping Concord a beautiful and healthy place to live. Many residents of the city have expressed the desire that the CenterPoint land not be developed and an alternative be found for the middle school project. I would propose our leaders use the Rundlett school land as option one. Or look at other sites owned by the city. No need to purchase additional land that has added costs to the taxpayer. Abbot-Downing replaced Conant without purchasing new land. I’d ask the Concord School Board to reconsider using land already owned by the city and not purchase the CenterPoint land. Greenspace is vital to all Concord residents no matter the species.

Linda Mead



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