State terminates purchase agreement for Griswold property

Gov. Ned Lamont announced Tuesday that the state Department of Administrative Services has terminated a purchase and sale agreement for a 113-acre piece of land in Griswold that was a proposed site for a state police gun range.

Following the governor’s decision not to seek bonding money for the property, the department exercised its right to terminate the agreement and delivered a letter to the property owner, notifying him that it no longer plans to purchase the property. Dated Monday, the letter, signed by Josh Geballe, commissioner of the department, was addressed to Lewis Button III of Glasgo Road, Griswold. It referenced a purchase and sale agreement, effective March 14, 2018, for 100-101 Lee Road.

“We will no longer be placing the state gun range in Griswold,” Lamont said. “The state will do a complete analysis of the project and search for viable alternate locations, while ensuring the overall project is cost-efficient and produces the best results for the needs of the state police.”

Lamont revealed in January that the state had abandoned plans to locate the gun range in Griswold. The proposal had faced opposition from conservationists who were concerned about the possible effects of a gun range on nearby Pachaug State Forest.

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