Friends of the North 40
 Friends of the North 40   

News and Groups

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Town of Wellesley and Wellesley College Announce Completion of North 40 Sale

The Town of Wellesley Takes Ownership of the Parcel Known as The North 40; Wellesley College Will Participate in Planning for the Property

 

WELLESLEY, Mass. (June 8, 2015) –Wellesley College and the Town of Wellesley today announced that the sale of the parcel of land known as the North 40 has been completed. Now that the Town owns this important community resource, it will begin the process of determining its future use with participation from the College.

 

Since the sale was announced in December 2014, the transaction has received overwhelming support. A special town meeting in January resulted in a near-unanimous vote in favor of the purchase, and in March, 80 percent of residents casting votes at the Town election voted to approve the purchase.

“The citizens of Wellesley have demonstrated their strong support for the Town purchasing this important site, which neighbors and residents have enjoyed for so many years” said Barbara Searle, Chair of Board of Selectmen. “It was important that the Town control the future of the North 40” added Dave Murphy, the Selectman currently leading the Town’s efforts to acquire the property originally championed by former Selectman Don McCauley.

 

Last summer, the Town initiated a visioning process for the future use of the site, in order to determine whether the Town should make a bid.  Having completed the acquisition, Town officials can now begin to develop the process for building on the results of the initial visioning, to develop a long-term plan for the future of the Town-controlled site. “The Town takes this work seriously, and will build on the open, inclusive and deliberative process that we began, with input from neighbors and key stakeholders throughout the Town,” said Dave Murphy.

 

The College, as a close neighbor, will continue to work with the Town during this visioning and planning process. Wellesley College will have two representatives on the planning committee, along side other neighbors and stakeholders who will also be included in the Town’s process. Under the terms of the sale, the Town and the College have agreed upon sustainability practices to be used in future development, as well as protection from light pollution per the International Dark-Sky Association guidelines.

 

“The College and Town of Wellesley share more than a name, we share a long history of constructive partnership. Given the proximity of the North 40 to our campus, and the importance of this issue to the entire Wellesley community, the College looks forward to participating in the process to determine the future use of the site as a Town-wide resource,” said Wellesley College President H. Kim Bottomly.

 

Last year, the College selected the Town’s bid from among 13 proposals. The Town’s proposal was selected because it showed responsiveness to the College Request for Proposal criteria regarding issues of open space, sustainability, and impact on neighbors and Town services. At least 50 percent of the land will be preserved in perpetuity as open space.

 

For more information and details on the sale of the North 40, visithttp://www.wellesleyma.gov/Pages/WellesleyMA_North40/index.

 

About Wellesley College

Since 1875, Wellesley College has been the preeminent liberal arts college for women. Known for its intellectual rigor and its remarkable track record for the cultivation of women leaders in every arena, Wellesley—only 12 miles from Boston—is home to some 2400 undergraduates from every state and 75 countries.

PRESS CONTACT:

Sofiya Cabalquinto, Director of Media Relations, Wellesley College,781-283-3321, scabalqu@wellesley.edu

 

News on the Purchase and Sale Agreement - Board of Selectmen Meeting May 18, 2015

--------------------------------------

 

In March 2015, Meghan C. Jop, Deputy Director Board of Selectmen, confirmed that the Board of Selectmen are focused on the due diligence, closing, and remediation. The establishment of a new North 40 Committee will likely take place in the fall of 2015.

---------------------------------------

 

For environmental assessment information, maps, recommendation reports by the Natural Resources Commission, Housing, Recreation, DPW and School Departments, neighborhood surveys and more, see:

 

TOWN OF WELLESLEY NORTH 40 WEBSITE

 

NATURAL RESOURCES COMMISSION REPORTS

 

NORTH 40 WELLESLEY PROJECT BLOG

 

NORTH 40 TIMELINE

 

WOODLANDS AND WESTON ROAD NEIGHBORHOOD SURVEYS

 

TOWN, WELLESLEY COLLEGE AGREE ON DEAL FOR THE NORTH 40

 

PURCHASE AND SALE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE TOWN OF WELLELSEY and WELLESLEY COLLEGE

See More Environmental News to the Left

Environmental Groups

What's going on at the North 40?

Wellesley Townsman: Residents who regularly visit the North 40 – and specifically, the part that was once a dump site – have noticed town employees in the area and heard rumors that trees are going to be removed. Read more...

Vernal Pool Cleanup

Thanks to all of the volunteers who help to maintain this important resource area. Learn more and see photos.

(Spotted Salamander photo courtesy of Joy Marzolf)

Weston Road Gardens are in full bloom and bounty! Have a look.

There's even a video:

Help shape the Future of Wellesley!

Submit favorite photos of the North 40!
Subscribe to Unified Plan news. 

Congratulations!

Wellesley Selectman Barbara Searle and Wellesley College's Ben Hammond sign closing papers. Photo courtesy of Wellesley Townsman

Thank you!

Over 500 People Explored the North 40!

Raptors, Goats and You!

Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.

Frank Lloyd Wright

NRC's 10 Reasons to Preserve North 40
NRC N40 10 Reasons.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [4.1 MB]

Recommend this page on:

Print Print | Sitemap
© Friends of the North 40