We're getting close to meeting our goal of raising $1 million by June 15 to protect the open space and farmland at Exit 4, but we still have a ways to go. Any support you can give would be much appreciated. Thank you!
Your support will help conserve the open space and farmland located at Exit 4 and protect it forever from commercial development.
In mid-April, Sam and Jinny
Sammis agreed to sell 149 acres of land off Exit 4 in Randolph to the Castanea Foundation for $1.2 million dollars for conservation purposes.
In addition, the Sam and Jinny have agreed to sell the remaining 22 acres that they own at Exit 4 to the Preservation Trust of Vermont. Working in conjunction with Conservation Law Foundation, the Vermont Natural Resources Council and the citizen group Exit 4 Open Space, the Preservation Trust of Vermont has the opportunity to purchase the remaining 22 acres.
This acquisition will permanently protect the open space and agricultural land at Exit 4 from future development.
The groups need to raise $1 million dollars - substantially below the assessed value for the property - by June 15th to complete the deal.
"What a remarkable turnaround, and what an amazing opportunity we have. We were faced with a proposal that included more than a million square feet of development. Now we are on the cusp of protecting 150 acres of farmland, saving some of the most important scenic views from Interstate 89, and taking a key step to help build a stronger downtown Randolph,"
said Paul Bruhn Executive Director of the Preservation Trust of Vermont.