HANCOCK — Selectmen have finalized a complicated land swap that gives Town Hall some breathing room and provides public access via former railroad tracks to town-owned land on Young’s Bay.
In addition, three local youths — Evan Fortier, Jere Burch and Ben Wildes — completed Eagle Scout projects to enhance the town’s new access to waterfront land on Young’s Bay.
The projects involved building a parking lot at the start of the rail trail, clearing the trail and placing culverts from the starting point to the trestle, and planking the trestle to enable hikers, bird watchers and wormers to traverse the bridge safely.
Selectman Gary Hunt said Aug. 30 the land exchange involving the town, Hancock Homes and three land conservation trusts ensures, among other things, that Town Hall will have room to grow if needed.
“We had been deferring making any significant expenditures on the Town Hall because we had no available land to expand anything,” Hunt said.
Hunt said possible uses of the additional half-acre of land include building a handicapped access ramp and expanding the building and parking.
He said it also might enable Hancock to be recipient of one of the sculptures from the biennial Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium because the town would have a visible spot to display the sculpture.
Hunt, a real estate lawyer, said it is not common to see land swaps such as this.
“This doesn’t happen often,” he said.
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