Chester to look at other sites for new complex


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CHESTER — The Town of Chester will look at other locations for its proposed town hall complex, Supervisor Alex Jamieson said Wednesday night.

Since news broke that Knapp's View is being considered for new municipal complex, the town has been looking at the vacant areas in Commons Park, by the ambulance building, as an alternative site.

Some residents objected to using Knapp's View, which ten years ago the town bought from a local developer for $4.4 million so that it could be preserved as open space for passive recreation, like kite flying or sledding. The beauty of the 90-acre site's location, at the foot of Sugar Loaf Mountain, has always set it apart. The decision to buy came after a public referendum.

From the beginning, however, the town had been reluctant to close off the possibility that the property could serve other uses, and in 2007 refused to accept $200,000 from the county's open space grant program so that it could keep its options open.

A committee led by Councilman Bob Valentine is exploring other possibilities.

During the earlier discussion of Knapp's View, Jamieson said the police department and courts would move to the ambulance building now being vacated.

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