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September 14, 2013

Tax auction nets $319K



Two other buildable lots, three-quarters of an acre at 55 Seabrook Road, and .4 acres at 69 Rabbit Road, were sold for prices of $42,000 and $45,000 respectively. Two lots on Jak-Len Drive totaling 2.76 acres sold together for $22,500.

But it was a 1-acre, four-lot parcel on Cable Avenue that sold for the unexpected price of $65,000, which surprised many, Caron said. Although each is listed as a buildable lot, the land has a history of wetlands-related environmental issues and an involvement with the Department of Environmental Protection.

Nearly nine acres at 99 Rabbit Road sold for $10,000, and 8.7 acres at 45 Dock Lane went for $9,000. Two land-locked parcels on Rear Pike Street went for $1,000 each, and another for $18,500.

The town even sold most of the salt marsh acreage up for sale. The Barberies, an 8-acre parcel of wetlands that outlets to the Merrimack River sold for $2,500, a 15-acre salt marsh parcel in Great Meadows sold for $2,000, and the a 6-acre Great Meadows lot sold for $500.

Only one property up for auction -- two acres of salt marsh in Tide Meadows -- was left unsold.

According to Caron, the town is in the process of taking other local properties due to years of unpaid taxes. All those cases are still in Land Court, she said, and not finalized. When they are, another auction could take place, she said.

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