Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank purchases 17 acres in Chilmark

The Martha's Vineyard Land Bank has purchased a 17-acre piece of property off Middle Road in Chilmark, shown on this map, just to the north of Fulling Mill Brook Preserve. — Map courtesy of MVLB

The Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank late Wednesday closed on a 17.1 acre parcel of land off the south side of Middle Road in Chilmark. The purchase price was $1,775,000 and the sellers were Oliver and Emily Rothschild.

James Lengyel, Land Bank executive director, said that the purchase met several Land Bank goals: It expanded an existing conservation reservation, made a direct trail link between two Land Bank properties, and may eventually be the site of a roadside pasture.

The property will provide a trail link between the Land Bank’s Fulling Mill Brook Preserve and Peaked Hill Reservation. In keeping with policy, a final management plan will emerge from a public hearing process, and is subject to approval by state environmental agencies.