WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — The Board of Selectmen chose not to transfer a parcel at 1 Upton Road for a Westborough Habitat for Humanity project, citing concerns about the property's worth.
The town-owned land, initially requested at the Aug. 22 meeting, was valued at $180,000. The decision was held until Tuesday so board members could study the property. Along with concerns with the construction itself, board Chair Leigh Emery said she felt taxpayers would think negatively of giving away a potential asset.
Taxpayers "really want us to find ways to save money, and make money," Emery said. "Giving away $180,000 won't float."
The board said it would like to test the market, with the potential of bringing the donation up in the future if the land remains under town ownership.
"If there's a way we could work this out in future years, I'd certainly be interested," said Selectman Tim Dodd.