LACONIA — The City Council this week tabled an offer from Harry Bean to purchase part of a 1.67-acre lot owned by the city on Davis Place, which has become an unsightly dumping ground.
Bean seeks to purchase 9,810 square feet of untended woodland straddling Jewett Brook and lying between a house lot he owns at 32 Davis Place, on the opposite bank of the brook, and the remainder of the city property, part of which serves as a parking lot. Bean said yesterday that he is renovating the property at 32 Davis Place as a home for his granddaughter and adding the land next door to his lot would ensure that it is no longer neglected.
"One tree has blown down and others are rotten," he said, "and we've had shopping carts, mattresses, TVs, you name it, left there."
Bean offered $1,000 for the property, which would be acquired by a boundary line adjustment. Since the parcel would be carved out of the larger lot, its assessed value has not been determined. If the transaction closed, the property would be returned to the tax rolls and its value reflected in the assessment of the lot at 32 Davis Place to which it would be added.
Councilor Armand Bolduc (Ward 6) said that "Harry (Bean) is concerned about what goes on at that wood lot." Describing the property as "a piece of crap," he said that "the city has everything to gain and nothing to lose, even at a price of $1,000. I think it's a good deal for the city."
City Manager Scott Myers explained that the first step in the process of selling the property would be to schedule a public hearing to determine that it is "surplus." However, the council asked Myers to obtain an appraisal of the property as well as approach Bean about paying the transaction costs and agreeing to restrict the use of the land.
Bean, who has recently renovated several properties in the city, said "I like to take the worst place on the street and turn it into the best place," adding that "it gives the neighbors an incentive to improve their properties."
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