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Manchester to Purchase and Preserve More Land Near Case Mountain Thanks to State Grant

The town will purchase 34 acres of land near the Case Mountain Reservoir to preserve as open space.

Manchester will be able to purchase 34 acres of undeveloped land that abuts Case Mountain and the Case Mountain Reservoir as part of $9 million in Open Space and Watershed Land Acquisition grants announced last week by the state of Connecticut. 

Overall, the grants will be used to support 35 communities in purchasing 2,732 acres of land throughout the state to be preserved as open space. Locally, Manchester will spend $205,000 to purchase 34 acres near the Case Mountain Reservoir in three separate parcels of land off Spring Street. Two of the parcels directly abut the Case Mountain pond and reservoir, according to the state, while the third will serve as a buffer parcel with road frontage on Spring Street.  
“Land conservation is an important investment in our future, and moves us closer to meeting our goal of protecting 21 percent of Connecticut’s land as open space in the next ten years,” Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said in a statement.  “These preservation projects are key to maintaining our high quality of life and making Connecticut a great place to live, work and raise a family.”

The state said that the Manchester purchase will link "Case Pond to the remaining forested block of Case Mountain, protects the Birch Mountain watershed, enhances existing recreation and provides almost unlimited access to the south shore of Case Pond."

Frank January 02, 2013 at 11:07 AM
I feel like we have been very lucky to get a lot of state money for stuff like this lately, thanks Manchester state politicians! I'm guessing Luxemberg, Cassano, etc played a role so good job guys. Now perhaps if we could keep it up and perhaps spend our own money to continue to fix the place up (awesome job to Pellegrini and town for FINALLY getting serious about the trashy buildings on Broad that have become a public nuisance of epic proportions that is the feral cats and homeless international buildings) perhaps even by declaring tent city a public nuisance and fining the credit union daily for it, and declare all the super unsafe and gross rental properties on and around main/center that have also become public nuisances.
tina bourke January 02, 2013 at 03:09 PM
Case Mountain is a beautiful park and well worth reserving. Birch Mountain is one of my favorite roads. Thank you to the town, Gov. Malloy and all involved who made this grant possible! Also, Frank I agree Broad St. looks so much better now too. If it was Mr. Pellegrini's hard work to tear down the blight, thank you also!
Joel Mrosek January 02, 2013 at 05:01 PM
I am happy to see the preservation of land, but would have been far more pleased if it was purchased with private funds. Given that the State is in deficit once again, where is the money really coming from? Our grandchildren? Washington thinking is alive and well in Hartford.
Preston Symonds January 02, 2013 at 11:06 PM
This is why there is a fiscal cliff! I'm sure there were funds from private citizens that would come forth to preserve the land... these are the tax monies going to waste, the roads in Manchester are terrible... there are many other items that should come first if you want to "spend" tax revenues...try preserving taxes!!

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