June 25, 2018
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Rockland eyes use of nearly 7 acres near school, park

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff

ROCKLAND, Maine — The city will mull the possible uses of nearly 7 acres that it acquired last week.

The city acquired the property at 125 Lawn Avenue Extension on March 8 through automatic foreclosure for nonpayment of property taxes. City Attorney Kevin Beal noted, however, that it was the plan of the estate of Linda Nuesse for the city to have the property.

Nuesse died last fall.

The lot is vacant land, consisting of wetlands near the intersection of Cedar Street and Lawn Avenue Extension.

The land is situated between the city’s 16-acre Jaycee Park and Regional School Unit 13’s 25 acres where Oceanside High School East is located. City Attorney Kevin Beal said the land’s location makes it possible that it could be used by the city’s recreation department in conjunction with Jaycee Park where athletic fields are or by the school district for the existing high school or perhaps the Many Flags, One Campus project.

He said either use would be many years down the road.

The amount of wetlands means the land could be used for wetland mitigation for other developments.

The property is assessed by the city at $75,700.

On March 8, when tax liens expired, the city also foreclosed on a single-family home at 328 Limerock St. The property, which consists of three-quarters of an acre, had been owned by Cathy Davis and Ronald Nadeau and is assessed by the city at $164,800.

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