Lakeview Property Public Hearing Update
The Board of Selectmen hosted a public hearing on Tuesday January 19 at the Bessie Buker Elementary School to solicit resident feedback on the Town's option to purchase the Lakeview golf course property at 56-60 Main Street. We had an incredible turnout - thank you for giving your input!
The presentation given at the hearing can be found here.
More information about this hearing is provided in this press release.
Residents who were unable to attend the hearing or who want to provide written comments are invited to email email@example.com.
On Tuesday January 26, the Board of Selectmen appointed a citizens advisory committee to help conduct a preliminary evaluation of ideas for potential municipal uses of the property and fiscal impacts. More information about the committee's composition and charge can be found here. Stay tuned to the calendar on the Town's website for their meeting postings.
The Town has undertaken an independent appraisal of the property which has resulted in a $2.75 million market valuation. The full report can be found here.
The Selectmen have also negotiated a Host Community Agreement with the Flynn family and a potential developer, Atlantic Tambone. This agreement is one option available to the Town. The entire document can be found here.
Following the public hearing, the potential developers approached the Town offering to amend the terms of the Host Community Agreement to age restrict all units within the proposed development. After deliberation, the Selectmen approved this revision to the original agreement on Tuesday February 3, thereby solidifying that this development will be limited to residents over 55 years of age if the Town were to waive its right and the project were to move forward.
The Town has a number of other similarly protected Chapter 61 properties. An inventory of those parcels can be found here. Information about all open space in Town, including Ch 61 properties, is depicted in this map.
The Board of Selectmen's next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday February 16, at which point they will make a decision on the Town's first refusal rights for this property.
Senior Citizen Property Tax Work-Off Program
Description and Application Form Click Here
The Senior Citizen Property Tax Work-Off Program offers Wenham seniors aged 60+ the opportunity to earn an abatement on their real estate property tax bill. The hourly wage is $9.00 and the maximum annual abatement cannot exceed $750.
The positions available through this program are in various departments throughout the Town. Job placements will likely be made with the Town Clerk’s Office, Town Finance Office, Town Permitting Office, Council on Aging, and the Hamilton Wenham Regional Library. Attempts will be made to match the placement with the applicant’s interests and qualifications.