Former Kupersmith Property to Be Sold
A foreclosure auction is set for Friday, June 26, for the property formerly owned by Corey Kupersmith. The auction begins at noon, at the site off County Road. Up for sale are 51 acres of land, which includes 20 building lots and two open space lots.
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Golf Course Developers Open Political Campaign to Win Support for Plan
This time around, the gloves are coming off. That is the word that's been quietly circulated for the last several months by spokesmen for the Down Island Golf Club, as they prepared a new plan to build a private luxury golf club in the southern woodlands section of Oak Bluffs.
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Land Bank Aid for Woodlands
MANDY LOCKE

Land Bank Aid for Woodlands

Land Bank Initiative Offers to Pay 80 Per Cent of Conservation Cost for Southern Woodlands if Oak Bluffs Takes Land

By MANDY LOCKE

The Martha's Vineyard Land Bank gave a promise in the form of dollar signs to the town of Oak Bluffs Wednesday morning - agreeing to contribute 80 per cent of the cost if the town takes by eminent domain some 276 acres of the southern woodlands.

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Commissioners Open Review of Southern Woodlands Plan

Commissioners Open Review of Southern Woodlands Plan

By JULIA WELLS

Battles lines were drawn last night when a Bolton developer who wants to build a massive housing project in the Southern Woodlands gave the Martha's Vineyard Commission its first glimpse of the project.

In fact a glimpse was all that was available, as developer Brian Lafferty unveiled only the barest outlines of his plan to build 320 homes on 288 acres in Oak Bluffs.

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Tree-Cutting Questions Pull Southern Woodlands Back Before Commission

Tree-Cutting Questions Pull Southern Woodlands Back Before Commission

By JULIA WELLS
Gazette Senior Writer

Connecticut developer Corey Kupersmith came back onto the radar screen this week in a fresh collision with the town of Oak Bluffs and the Martha's Vineyard Commission - this time over a tree-cutting project that may or may not be in violation of state and local laws.

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Southern Woodlands Hearing Is Set, but Developers Seem Primed to Fight

Southern Woodlands Hearing Is Set, but Developers Seem Primed to Fight

By JULIA WELLS
Gazette Senior Writer

On the eve of a public hearing - now set for next week - to review a massive housing project in the southern woodlands section of Oak Bluffs, the developers of the Down Island Golf Club appear to be charting a fresh collision course with the Martha's Vineyard Commission.

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State's Order Is Posted in Southern Woodlands, Bars 'Further Activities'

Top state environmental officials stepped squarely into the fray around the Down Island Golf Club this week, ordering developers Brian Lafferty and Corey Kupersmith to immediately halt all tree cutting in the southern woodlands section of Oak Bluffs.

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Vineyard Commissioners Approve Compromise for Southern Woodlands

Amid conciliatory expressions and with the developer's representative waving a white hat in the air, the Martha's Vineyard Commission voted without dissent last night to approve a plan that is expected to close the final chapter in a bitter four-year battle over the development of the southern woodlands in Oak Bluffs.

"This has been a really trying time for the commission and for all those in the community that have been on both sides of the issue. I hope this is now time to put it behind us and heal the wounds," declared commission member Andrew Woodruff.

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Land Bank Bids for a Woodland Preserve

Land Bank Bids for a Woodlands Preserve

Deal Would Protect 190 Acres; Developer to Build 26 Houses

By JULIA WELLS
Gazette Senior Writer

A long, bruising battle over the fate of the southern woodlands in Oak Bluffs took a stunning turn this week when the Martha's Vineyard Land Bank announced that it has signed an agreement to buy 190 acres from developer Corey Kupersmith, including the old Webb's Camping Area.

The purchase price is $18.6 million.

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Land Bank Concludes Historic Purchase of 190 Acres of Southern Woodlands
Chris Burrell
The Martha's Vineyard Land Bank will seal its largest-ever deal today, handing over $18.6 million to Connecticut developer Corey Kupersmith and officially taking ownership of 190 acres of the southern woodlands in Oak Bluffs.
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