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BCM fights to protect 1997 forest-for-fields promise

In 1997 a compromise was made between the Derryfield School and the abutting neighbors; the school would get their soccer and softball fields as long as they also preserved 200-250 feet of the remaining forest between the fields and the neighboring homes. Now, twenty-three years later, the school plans to sell land, including this remaining forest, to a developer hoping to build 16 new homes. The promise from 1997 was disregarded since it’s not a forest but a “treed buffer”, and the subdivision was approved by the planning board. Attorney Amy Manzelli represents Stephen Frink, one of the abutting neighbors, in the fight to uphold the promise made to the residents on Coral Avenue.

Read more in the New Hampshire Union Leader along with letters written by each party here.