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Cortlandt Stops The 'Buzz,' Buys $2.75 Million Site For Recreation Use

Cortlandt has purchased a 100-acre site in Verplanck for $2.75 million. The move puts an end to a proposed electric converter facility and adds to the town's holdings in the hamlet.
Cortlandt has purchased a 100-acre site in Verplanck for $2.75 million. The move puts an end to a proposed electric converter facility and adds to the town's holdings in the hamlet. Photo Credit: Google maps screen shot

CORTLANDT, N.Y. -- In what Supervisor Linda Puglisi has called “a home run for everybody,” Cortlandt is now the owner of a 100-acre parcel in Verplanck.

The Town Board voted in 2014 to purchase the land from Con Edison for $2.74 million in a bid to thwart a proposed electric converter station.

It officially closed on the land on June 30.

"This is an exciting day for our residents," Puglisi said in a press release.

West Point Partners had planned to build a 50-foot-high facility that would have, according to the town, emitted a loud, buzzing sound 24/7.

This would have affected the quality of life  for thousands of residents in the area, Puglisi said.

The town owns a number of parcels in the hamlet, including a waterfront park and a nature preserve.

Its latest acquisition is off Broadway and Eleventh Street and contains an old quarry.

It is south of Continental Building Products' gypsum drywall manufacturing facility in Buchanan.

The land includes a ball field and a small beach area.

Among the uses the town is weighing for the site are new all-purpose fields for playing lacrosse, football, soccer and baseball.

A trail for walkers and bikers, a dog park and an enhanced beach area are also reportedly on the list of possibilities.

The town is also considering moving the highway division of its Department of Environmental Services there.

The supervisor said the town also welcomes further suggestions for the site's use from the community.

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