- Associated Press - Thursday, September 17, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - City and Kennebec Land Trust officials say they are moving forward with plans to acquire a 164-acre property next to Maine’s State House in Augusta despite Gov. Paul LePage withholding bond money that was set aside for the purchase.

The Kennebec Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1FiiMub ) city councilors are slated to meet Thursday to consider authorizing a city manager to sign agreements that would eventually transfer the property to the city. A conservation easement would be included so it would remain undeveloped.

The land trust is planning to borrow more than $337,000 to make the Howard Hill purchase. The city will not own the land until the trust pays off the loan.

Land trust officials said Tuesday they have not determined how long it would take to pay it back.

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Information from: Kennebec Journal, https://www.kjonline.com/

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