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June 4, 2014

Planning Board to discuss Colby Farm property

NEWBURYPORT — If a residential development is to be built on the corner of Low Street and Crow Lane, the paperwork is scheduled to begin moving tonight.

The Planning Board is slated to receive an “Approval Not Required” notice that Mallow Realty Trust of North Andover is interested in creating eight residential lots at 185 Low St., the site of what was known as the Colby Farm, which for many years kept horses and stored hay.

The 4.4-acre property includes a three-bedroom farmhouse, stable and several garages and sheds.

The owner is listed on city records as Jackman Colby and co-owner is listed as Joan Garand.

There is an adjacent parcel (183 Low St.) of about 7.5 acres in the preliminary plans.

The “not required” designation refers to the fact that the land is zoned residential, and the board is not being asked to do anything at this point.

No plans for residential units have been proposed. City officials say that a developer would have to file appropriate paperwork now if building plans are to be considered at a later date.

The larger parcel inhabits wetlands, and Mayor Donna Holaday has said the city is not interested in that parcel because it would be impractical to try to develop ball fields or recreational space on such property.

In an unrelated development, Holaday said that voters might be asked to approve a “transfer” of about $1 million for a baseball field on the Nock-Molin property on Low Street.

The mayor said that there is excess money of about $3 million in the fund used to build the new Bresnahan Elementary School.

She is suggesting that $1 million be earmarked for a ball field and improvements to the track.

The mayor stated this does not involve a request for a tax increase but only a transfer “from one bucket to another.”

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