Following a brief executive session, the Board of Selectmen on February 25 voted to cease further discussions with Insite/Wernert, the developers interested in acquiring and developing a portion of the Country Club of Woodbridge.
Contract negotiations were going back and forth over several months, said Town Counsel Gerald Weiner at the February 25 meeting. Even though attorneys did make substantial progress, there were some issues they could not agree on. In particular, Wernert, the builder, wanted to be able to sell parcels to third-party investors. That was not considered in the town’s best interest, said First Selectman Beth Heller, and she moved to cease not only negotiations, but any discussions with Insite/Wernert, a motion that passed unanimously.
“And that’s that,” Heller said, turning the page of her packet of documents.
In her monthly column Heller wrote the town will retain a land use analyst to help decide how to best use the approximately 155 acres. The town also is exploring a solar land lease for a portion of the property, which would bring in much-needed revenue. “Although I continue to believe Senior housing on a portion of the CCW will be beneficial to our taxpayers, I will never sacrifice the best interest of the town to have an unfavorable transaction proceed,” she said.
By Bettina Thiel – Woodbridge Town News Correspondent