PROSPECT — The town has made the purchase of the property adjacent to Town Hall official.
Mayor Robert Chatfield closed on the purchase of 5 Cheshire Road on Dec. 31.
The property, which borders the southeastern portion of Town Hall land, is approximately 1 acre with a 768-square-foot house on it. The property is appraised at $174,111, according to online property records. The town bought the property, which is owned by James Nolan, Jr., for $170,000.
The town will pay for the property in three equal payments over the next three years. The first payment was made at the closing.
Although the town has taken possession of the property, Nolan and his wife are currently living in the house. They have 45 days from Dec. 31 to move out.
Chatfield said he offered the couple more time to move out but Nolan declined, saying he would be out within the 45 days.
Nolan said he decided to sell his house because he’s planning on moving to a warmer climate.
“I sold it to get away from the winter. We’re going to head south for the winter,” Nolan said.
Nolan, 75, said he first lived in the house in 1954 and moved back 10 years ago when his mother passed away. He said his mother wanted the house to go to the town.
“I was following in her wishes. I decided to sell the house to the town,” Nolan said.
Once the couple moves out, Chatfield said, the town plans on extending the parking lot at Town Hall. The next step is to cut down the trees on the property to make way for the parking lot, he said.
The work is dependent on the weather, Chatfield said. If there is snow on the ground, it will likely not begin until spring time.
The town is also considering building a driveway out to Cheshire Road through the property, Chatfield said. The driveway, which would be a right turn only exit, would help to alleviate traffic congestion since Town Hall and Long River Middle School share a driveway.
If the town moves forward with the driveway, it would have to knock down the house, Chatfield said. The town plans to use recycled asphalt from the roads milled last year for the parking lot and driveway, he added.