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February 17, 2012

City sells off surplus land

NEWBURYPORT — City councilors have voted to sell three small parcels of surplus property, which won't make the city rich but could make abutters happy.

The land is at the site of the city's wastewater treatment plant, near 115 Water St.

The parcels are modest in size: 12-by-84 feet, 22-by-25 feet and 26-by-42 feet.

City officials say the land would likely be used as parking spots.

On Monday night, the council voted to declare the parcels surplus, transferred the parcels to the mayor for the purpose of conveyance and authorized the mayor to dispose of the parcels "on such terms and conditions as the mayor deems appropriate."

City Assessor Daniel Raycroft said he is in the process of assessing the parcels, a task made more difficult by the fact that there are few properties nearby with which to compare assessment value.

If any of the three parcels has a value in excess of $25,000, the city must issue a request for proposals for that parcel.

If the value of each parcel is less than $25,000, the city may sell the parcels to the abutters if they express interest.

Commercial businesses adjacent to the surplus parcels include the Hair Port and Nantucket Stock Exchange Too on Water Street, enterprises that have little or no parking now.

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