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Portsmouth Private School Buys Family Farm for $1.5 Million

The private school has purchased the Briggs Family farm on West Main Road.

The Portsmouth Abbey School has purchased the locally famous Briggs' Farm, reports The Sakonnet Times. 

The private school purchased the former family farm, which includes the farmhouse and more than 20-acres of land, for $1.5 million, according to The Sakonnet Times. 

Former state Rep. Vincent Mesolella, a well-known developer, was previously in talks to purchase this land. He also petitioned the town to change the zoning on the property from light industrial to commercial.

The proposal led to public hearings, in which the group Preserve Portsmouth encouraged residents to oppose commercial development at this location. 

Future plans for the site are unknown, the Portsmouth Abbey tells The Sakonnet Times. The land is located on the corner of West Main Road and Cory's Lane. 

Abe Lincoln February 07, 2013 at 05:07 PM
Portsmouth is no longer the great rural community that I grew up! Swallowed up by the Vatican the richest landholders in the world and corporate thugs out of New York and Boston! The old blue collar types that taught me what community is are all being chased out with high assessments! Taxes Tolls and high unemployment should probably be the final nails in Portsmouth's coffin!
Robert E February 07, 2013 at 05:08 PM
They cant force the non profits to pay taxes but the town could bill them every time they use a town service.
Rhody February 07, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Are you commenters the same type of people who want commercial development, but shoot down just just about every plan that comes before the town? Everyone in Portsmouth wants "commercial development," they just don't want it in their backyard.
Portsmouth Today February 07, 2013 at 06:56 PM
It was my understanding that the Portsmouth Abbey School pays considerable property taxes. You may want to check your facts.
James Medeiros February 22, 2013 at 04:42 PM
This is the only piece of property that sold in Portsmouth???

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