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Huntington eyes two properties for possible town purchase

Huntington Town Hall is seen in this undated

Huntington Town Hall is seen in this undated photo. Credit: Carl Corry

Town of Huntington officials are considering purchasing two properties and have set public hearings for a discussion.

On March 8, proposals to acquire a 7-acre parcel on Creek Road in Huntington and 7.5 acres on Timber Point Drive in Fort Salonga will be discussed.

The Creek Road property adjoins Mill Dam Park and the town’s wastewater treatment plant, most of which is currently used as a boatyard. It’s also located next to the home of Peter Crippen, a former slave who is believed to be the first African-American in the town to purchase land.

That property is the subject of a separate public hearing, also on March 8, to rescind the historic designation on the house on the lot. Town officials eventually would also like to purchase that lot.

“The town is looking to buy the Crippen House, as well as the Creek Road parcel, as a way of putting together a large piece of land adjacent to a town park and the town’s wastewater treatment plant, that could be available for a number of different uses,” town spokesman A.J. Carter said. “With both properties on the market at the same time, the timing seems right to consider purchasing them.”

The Fort Salonga property is adjacent to a parcel the town already is in the process of buying.

Town board members in November approved the purchase of the 3.5-acre Tannenbaum property, on Fort Salonga Road, for a price not to exceed $897,500. The acquisition was recommended by the town’s Environmental Open Space and Park Fund Review Advisory Committee for use as passive park land with trails.

Trails currently on the property are already used by hikers and runners. Before the town closes on the deal, the current owner must remove a house and complete any site improvements.

The 7.5-acre parcel would also be used for a passive park and trails, if approved for purchase.

The meeting is at 2 p.m. at Town Hall, 100 Main St.

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