Danbury has been willed a property near the Bear Mountain Reserve. The 25 acres gifted to Danbury by the late Victor Westman includes a house, detached garage and a barn. The land will be kept as open space. The City Council accepted the donation, on the condition that the Planning Commission signs off.
The acquisition via inheritance includes several small parcels, none of which are contiguous to the park. There's a mix of terrain and City officials hope the school district can use the land to have students study the different species that live there.
Mayor Mark Boughton says he met quarterly with the land owner over the last 15 years. He'd like the City to do something similar to a house at the Farrington Woods property, rent it to police officer or public safety official.
Danbury is also looking for a tenant for the Richter gardener's house. Both need some updating and work.