Norwell: Legion Option for Vacant Police Station Contingent Upon Disposition
By John Penny
The Norwell Board of Selectmen met Wednesday night and raised the issue of whether or not they should consider selling the old vacant police station, either at or below fair market value.
A few competing interests are vying for a shot at using the property at 40 River Street.
An upcoming annual town meeting article gives a first shot at the site to the town’s community housing trust. The town would transfer the land to the trust to create a so-called ‘friendly 40B’ affordable housing development for seniors with 14 apartment units, with the preference going to Norwell residents.
If that fails at town meeting, the second proposal is to sell the site to the American Legion, who proposes to build a combination legion hall and community center there.
The third option is to sell the place for fair market value.
However, Selectmen Chair Ellen Allen said that both the legion proposal and fair market sales option is contingent upon selectmen declaring the property available for disposition.
“The complication is that neither the legion …read more