Economic Council and School settle the issue of land sale | Local news


CONWAY – The Mount Washington Valley Economic Council and Northeast Woodland Chartered Public School avoided a legal battle last week when the council agreed not to sell Lot 5, the land the school uses for classrooms. outdoor class.

The agreement settles a minor issue in the overall dispute between the two groups and gives them time to settle their larger differences.

Northeast Woodland leases, with options to purchase, the land and classroom space it occupies, which now belongs to the Technology Village at Granite State College. Both are contested by the Economic Council. The Tech Village, a business incubator managed by the municipality

“When it comes to the next steps, we need to be patient and go through the legal process,” said Jason Gagnon, chairman of the school board. “We don’t have any hearing dates set at this time, and I don’t know when they will be scheduled.”

Jac Cuddy, executive director of the Economic Council, declined to comment, citing an ongoing litigation.

The overriding problem seems to be that the Economic Council no longer wants the school to be located in its business park due to traffic and parking problems when parents come to pick up and drop off their children, and disruptive and noisy students. do not belong to a business park. .

An attempt to mediate the conflict by State Senator Jeb Bradley (R-Wolfeboro), a strong supporter of charter schools, appears to have come to nothing.

“We were very disappointed that Senator Jeb Bradley’s efforts to facilitate the discussion were rejected by the MWVEC,” said Gagnon.

The school, which accommodates 170 students from kindergarten to eighth grade, remains committed to its location on the Tech Village campus of the Economic Council and believes the school falls within the definition of economic development.

“In addition to attracting and retaining young families, we have also created more than 20 quality education jobs,” said Gagnon.

“We want our families and educators to know that we are committed to working tirelessly to build a long-term, sustainable foundation for the school, and we look forward to a resolution of this issue that supports the shared missions of MWVEC and Northeast. Woodland, “he said.

A letter from the Economic Council lawyer in April explains why the business development organization no longer wants the school on its property.

Thomas Pappas, of Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer in Manchester, wrote: “After the school resumed classroom activities on September 2, the school continued to disrupt and interfere with other tenants in Tech Village, including including the influx of cars twice a year. day that prevents tenant access and parking as well as other school activities both outside and inside the building.

Until recently, the Tech Village had failed to sell lots, of which it owns seven.

Last year, the Conway Planning Council approved a plan for Avesta Housing to build 156 workforce and senior housing units at the end of Technology Lane. This year, the Tech Village received a federal grant of $ 200,000 to extend the road to the Avesta site.

The new road will also give access to two other lots, which the Redstone group is buying for an office building.

The school also uses open spaces and trails which are part of the Tech Village but which are not designated as lots. The use of this space is also contested by the Economic Council. The 61-acre resort is located across from the Merrill Farm Resort on Route 16 in Conway.

Although no hearing date has been set, Northeast Woodland is far from giving up.

“We continue to believe that Northeast Woodland fits perfectly with MWVEC’s economic development and opportunity goals for the Mount Washington Valley region,” said Gagnon.

“We will continue, at a minimum, to hold MWVEC accountable for the obligations it has set out in the rental agreement signed by both parties.”