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Norwalk Land Trust to buy 15.4-acre White Barn property for $5M


The Norwalk Land Trust said it has an agreement to buy the 15.4-acre White Barn property in the Cranbury area of Norwalk for $5 million. The nonprofit needs to raise the purchase price by April 1 to complete the transaction.

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The property was home to the White Barn Theatre, founded by Lucille Lortel, from 1947 until 2002.

The wooded property, one of the last large privately owned spaces in Norwalk, is along the Westport border and includes a 1-acre pond fed by the Stony Brook that is part of the Saugatuck River Watershed drainage basin that feeds into the Long Island Sound. Norwalk Land Trust stated that 78 Cranbury II LLC, which has permits to build 15 luxury homes on the property, agreed to work with them on an arrangement that will permanently preserve the property as undeveloped open space.

Norwalk Land Trust is applying for a loan from The Conservation Trust, a national nonprofit, and is fundraising locally to cover the $5 million purchase sum. A $1 million donation has already been made by the family of James Fieber, a senior managing partner at Valyrian Capital LLC.

The land trust protects 90 acres of Norwalk open space, including an existing easement on 5.5 acres of the White Barn property that was home to Lucille Lortel’s White Barn Theatre from 1947 until 2002.

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  1. With the support of responsible, caring citizens, The Norwalk Land Trust will help enhance the quality of living by saving this pristine landscape for now and for future generations. It is a positive step towards the new consciousness of urban development, by saving open space. Studies have shown that not only does protecting our ecosystem benefits the wildlife diversity, water resources, soil, and air quality, but by providing accessibility to nature, enhances human spirituality, and a sense of compassion. By feeling an interconnection through nature’s pathway, urban living can encourage more mutual respect and less civil discourse. Please help support this valuable mission and donate to the Norwalk Land Trust.


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