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Brookfield is looking to buy a small parcel of land from the state in order to create a pocket park in the area of Old Route 7 where the Hearth Restaurant used to be.  The parcel abuts the streetscape project area.  Brookfield wanted to include the proposal in Phase 3, but the state came back at the last minute and required Brookfield to purchase that island.  First Selectman Steve Dunn notes that the last time Brookfield bought a piece of property from the state it took almost two years and the town didn't want to hold off on the start of Phase 3, so the pocket park was taken out of the designs.  Brookfield will try to buy the parcel for $1.  Dunn says the state has no use for the 6,000 square feet land and reinstitute the idea of pocket park.  Plans call for a sculpture, landscaping and seating.

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