The Trust for Public Land (TPL) a New York-based nonprofit organization dedicated to land preservation in the public interest, has acquired a 219-acre property on Corbin Hill in the Pawling area to protect the natural beauty of the parcel, which runs along the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. The sale of the property was facilitated by Brian McGrath, President of McGrath Realty, Inc., who acted as both the list agent and selling agent for the transaction. The property, which had previously been proposed for residential development, sold for $2,350,000.
According to a press release from TPL (see page __), “The acquisition of this property was made possible through a partnership among The Trust for Public Land, National Park Service, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and the Oblong Land Conservancy, who for years worked tirelessly to permanently protect this land for people to enjoy.”
“I’ve been involved with this property for years,” explains McGrath. “There are already plenty of houses on the market here. It’s nice to have some open space over there, especially by the Appalachian Trail. It’s a good thing for the town.”
Brian McGrath is well familiar with the Corbin Hill property and expresses his enthusiasm for what the future might hold now that the sale is complete: “I’d like to see some camping available there, and maybe some showers for the hikers. It would be great to see people be able to camp there and stay in Pawling for the night.” He adds: “Personally, I think this was a good buy. I think the local conservation groups are going to do a good job there.”