Concerned Citizens did some investigating. We used the town's assessment program to gather some information on this piece of property.
According to the tax map, (this is a pdf file...set the magnification to 75% for best viewing) the property is adjacent to the Higby Road School and Perry Jr. High. The property is covered by trees and is on hilly terrain. We wonder if anyone has given any thought to what happens at the bottom of the hill in the area of Danbury Circle and Chestnut Place if a lot of the trees are removed to make way for parking lots, buildings and tennis courts. Will this park with impervious surfaces create yet another stormwater issue in the Town of New Hartford?
According to the Property Information on the town website, the parcel is listed as Property Class 311 - Residential vacant land; 21.75 acres of residual land assessed for $19,000.
According to the Office of Real Property Services website, residual land means:
04 -Residual - This describes all excess land on a site which is not coded as Primary, Secondary, Undeveloped, Waterfront, or Leased Land. It should be used primarily to describe any excess land on a commercial site which is not considered suitable for development purposes....any excess land on a commercial site which is not considered suitable for development purposes? So how costly will it be to develop athletic fields, tennis courts, picnic areas, a playground and a walking trail on a hill. It looks like for now, even the school doesn't know and like usual they are putting the horse before the cart...wants before the needs. Makes you wonder if the school just bought a piece of land that no one else wanted to buy and the Hubbells didn't need or want...did they pay more than it is worth? More importantly, how much will it cost the taxpayers to turn residual land into a park?