February 11 2019

Plan for Town to Buy Sears Street Home No Longer Necessary

By: Rich Hosford

A proposal for the town of Burlington to purchase a residential home in an attempt to block a developer from tearing it down and putting up a commercial enterprise will not be needed.


Board of Selectmen Chairman Chris Hartling confirmed to BNEWS on Monday that 17 Sears Street has been sold to a realty company and not the developer who had been seeking to buy the property for the purposes of building a daycare center in the residential neighborhood.


As reported on BNEWS, many residents attended a special Board of Selectmen meeting last week to express their opposition to the property being sold for a commercial use. Many said they didn’t think a daycare was the right fit for the residential neighborhood. Further, because it is located near the Town Common and town center they argued a commercial entity would bring unnecessary traffic congestion to an already busy area that could possibly impede emergency vehicles departing from the police and fire departments.  


The board was to vote tonight on a proposal to ask Town Meeting for fund to allow the town to buy the property, take roughly 10,000 square feet of the property for the town, and sell the home with the remaining 23,000 square foot lot. The reduced lot size would have made the property consistent with the size of the average family home but not big enough for a commercial entity, thereby ensuring the site would remain a residential home.


However, that situation has been averted with the new deal between the homeowner and the realty company. Hartling said there is “no further action needed” by selectmen and that there would just be a brief statement at Monday night’s meeting rather than a vote.


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