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Open space a priority for Quincy's Community Preservation Commitee

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  November 30, 2010 11:54 AM

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The City of Quincy is seeking applications for a new round of Community Preservation Committee projects for 2011, with the purchase of open space a “high priority,” said Steve Perdois, chairman of the Quincy CPC.

Currently, the city has approximately $600,000 in unspent money in the fund from the less than one percent surcharge on property tax values.

The account is expected to grow with approximately $1.1 million that will be raised by the surcharge in 2011, plus a state match that is expected to be at approximately 30 percent, or around $400,000, Perdois said.

The money can also be spent to preserve historic buildings, create affordable housing, or provide recreational opportunities, but Quincy, like many communities in Massachusetts, is focusing on open space. Recently, towns from Scituate to Lexington to Dennis to Provincetown have been using CPC money to acquire land for open space.

According to John Bulman, chair of Scituate CPC, the prices for land are low, and the purchase keeps the land protected from overzealous developers.

In Quincy, one target is 2 1/2 acres of land near Faxon Park, which hopefully will be purchased before the first of the year, Perdois said.

However, the purchase of land for open space, although increasingly popular, is not the only priority.

Recently, the Quincy fund has also had a hand in the restoration of the Souther Tide Mill, restored a stained glass window at the Thomas Crane Public Library, and patched up the roof and drainage to The Adams Academy in addition to providing a new furnace.

As far as the coming year, Perdois said the committee won’t know until the Jan. 7 deadline.

“[We might get] one application or we might get 50 applications, I have no expectations,” he said.

Applicants can find applications at the Mayor’s Office, Park and Recreation Department, or here.

According to the application form, all projects are reviewed by CPC and then recommended to the mayor and City Council. The CPC meets at 6:30 p.m. in the Second Floor Conference Room at City Hall on the second Thursday of each month.

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