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Keith Bohne and his ex-wife Nanci owned Drew Gardens for a quarter of a century, and even with his botanist background and their creative farmstand products, the 9-acre parcel demanded all his time, he said. [Continue below]
The gateway parcel at 66-68 Boston Road, holds three Agricultural Preservation Restrictions of 3 acres each, called APR #1, #2, and #3. In 1997 and 1999, the town paid owners Keith and Nanci Bohne $525,000 for the development rights, the right of first refusal, and the guarantee of perpetual preservation as agricultural land.
Bohne supports the proposed restaurant on the land, requiring an amendment of APR3.
“This APR owned by the town is a very unique situation. which I doubt occurs anywhere else in the United States,” he said. “So even if it gets amended I doubt it will have any effect on other APRs.”
Bohne had concluding words for Westford residents.
“I think the townspeople should take a good hard look at what has happened on Boston Road and how even though this seems foreign, right across the street is a mammoth fire station…The gateway to Westford is hard to come by and the way to preserve it is to do an operation like this to protect that land by having an engine to protect it,” he said.