Marblehead’s vote in June accepting a budget override of $1,500,000 to help acquire the Lead Mills property was a huge step toward securing this piece of land at an entrance to the town as public open space. BUT, we still need $100,000 to close on the negotiated agreement.
Marblehead and Salem joined forces in preparing and submitting to the State a proposal for a PARC (Park and Recreational Facility Construction) grant for partial reimbursement of the purchase price. However, as a reimbursement, the grant can only happen after a purchase is made which must take place by March 31, 2013.
The Marblehead Conservancy, Inc. and the Essex County Greenbelt Association are partnering in the effort to close the gap. Soon we will be mailing out requests to residents of Salem and Marblehead to make this happen. We hope, most earnestly, that our readers will join with our Trustees in finishing the job.
– Trustees of the Conservancy