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October 8, 2012

True North solar farm property for sale

According to a LandVest real estate advertisement, the property upon which Salisbury’s True North solar farm is located is for sale, and the minimum bid is $1.75 million. According to the ad, the 6-megawatt solar electric generating facility is not part of the sale, but will become a tenant on the land with a 22-year lease for whoever purchases the land. The sealed bid deadline is Oct. 12.

Located on Rabbit Road, the facility was developed by West Newbury businessman James Vaughn, who struck usage deals with Salisbury, Triton Regional School District and Newburyport. The agreements gave energy credits to the three entities.

According to Salisbury Town Manager Neil Harrington, Vaughn’s facility went online in August and the town has already received its first month of energy credits. Harrington was unaware of the pending sale, but said the sale of the land should have no impact on the town’s agreement with Vaughn. However, even if Vaughn were to sell the solar facility itself, the agreement ensures the deal the town struck must be maintained by any future owners.

Vaughn did not respond to a call requesting a comment on the proposed sale.

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The Salisbury Affordable Housing Trust will meet Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Senior Center on Lafayette Road.

The meeting will include a discussion of the possible reuse of the Spaulding School on Maple Street for housing purposes.

For more information, contact Planning Director Lisa Pearson at 978-463-2266.

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Those looking for a fun stop next weekend should drop by the Salisbury Public Library’s annual Fall Book Sale, taking place at the Boys and Girls Club facility on Maple Street.

Running Thursday and Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., this is a great time to stock up on gently read books, CDs and DVDs at great prices.

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