April 09, 2020
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St. George board to contact owner of lot on waterfront

ST. GEORGE – Selectmen agreed Tuesday to contact the one lot owner in a 10-lot subdivision to explain the town’s interest in possibly buying the entire 72-acre waterfront tract.

At a public hearing last week aimed at informing residents of its opportunity to buy the waterfront land for public access to the St. George River, selectmen learned that the developer had not talked with the one person who already has purchased a lot.

The deal the town has been working on involves buying the entire subdivision, selectmen said last week, telling residents that the developer had indicated he would contact Capt. Francis Reil of the Staten Island, N.Y., area. That conversation did not occur, Town Manager John Falla said Wednesday.

Camden real estate agent Kate Jackson, who represented Reil at the public hearing, said Reil has no intentions of selling his lot.

According to Falla, Selectman Terry Driscoll told some 30 residents at Tuesday’s board meeting that selectmen “are not in control here, we’re an interested buyer.”

“[Town officials] probably should have contacted number two [lot owner] as a courtesy,” Falla said.

The subdivision, located on Waymouth Road off Glenmere Road, is owned by Glenmere LLC. Its assessed value is $1.4 million. The deal the town is considering proposes a selling price of $1.2 million, plus having a portion donated by the owner. The owner would have an appraisal done, and the difference between the cash price and the appraisal would be donated to the town. The owner benefits from a tax write-off.

The 71.73-acre private subdivision has 450 feet of shoreline with deep-water access, a new two-story clubhouse and an extensive dock.

Town officials want the property for public access to the St. George River and clamming access. The property also could provide the town with a spot for at least 100 boat moorings.

Selectmen likely will discuss the property and any correspondence from Reil at the Monday, Oct. 16, meeting, Falla said. That meeting begins at 7 p.m.

Correction: A shorter version of this article ran on page B2 in the Coastal edition.

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