A large chunk of the town of Surry is up for sale.
In fact, it’s the largest single lot in the town.
The 2,257-acre parcel is located along the town’s southern border with Blue Hill. A sign announcing the proposed sale appeared recently along Route 172.
The property is largely woodland, according to Bangor real estate broker Glenn Jackson, who is listing the property. The parcel has frontage on routes 172 and 176 (Toddy Pond Road) and has a boundary of about 2.5 miles along the Blue Hill-Surry town line, Jackson said recently.
“It’s been in the same ownership for 35 years,” he said. “And it’s been open to the townspeople during that time.”
There is also a separate but adjacent, 200-acre parcel with frontage on Route 176 for sale that is suitable for development. Jackson also has another 2,000-plus parcel for sale off Route 1 in Ellsworth, but, he said, that is a completely separate piece with different owners.
The town of Surry lists the current owners as Surry Properties, Inc., c/o Siren Management Corp. in New York City. As of this year, the property is valued at $994,800 with the 2013 taxes set at $7,610.
Town officials have had no dealings with the current out-of state owners, and Selectman Dale Sprinkle, who is chairman of the town’s board of assessors, said there have been no issues with the property over the years.
According to Jackson, there are some streams on the property and there are some gravel deposits at the southern end of the property where a gravel pit could be established. The property was last harvested 15 years ago, but loggers at that time left most of the pine so those are the largest trees standing on the land.
“Its highest and best use is as woodland,” he said. “It’s priced as woodland.”
The information sheet Jackson mails out lists the asking price as $1,467,050 or $650 per acre.
The asking price for the separate 200-acre parcel, which has frontage on Route 176, is $300,000 or $1,500 per acre.
Jackson said there has been some interest among local residents in conserving the property. He has referred most of those calls to the Blue Hill Heritage Trust, a local, community-based land conservation organization working in the Blue Hill Peninsula area. Jim Dow, the trust’s executive director, said this week that a number of people have called the trust office regarding the property. The large size of the parcel has attracted some attention,
“We are taking a look at it,” Dow said.
But, he said, the property does have a “big price tag,” and there is always the question of how to purchase it.
“No one has stepped forward with the money, yet,” he said.
Any activity by the trust would come only after a number of steps in an evaluation process that would include determining whether there is conservation value to the land beyond its size.
“We’d need to know more about it and what’s on the land,” Dow said. “The first thing would be to do some analysis. Then there’s the question of how to raise the money. That’s still quite a few steps away.”