Case Estates

As of June 8, 2016 the Town of Weston finally owns the Case Estates, a process that took 10 years to accomplish. 

Site Work

Since the closing and the completion of the remediation work taken on by Harvard, the Town has completed some site work utilizing the remaining appropriations from the original Town Meeting vote. This work included:

  • partial remediation work on Parcel 9
  • developed master plan for potential future agricultural use of the property
  • developed a schematic plan for the Legacy Trail, connecting the Community Center to the former Summer House hill-top site
  • with the Traffic & Sidewalk Committee, developed designs and specifications for connection from Legacy Trail to Ash Street
  • cleared much of the underbrush and invasive plants to restore many of the fields and meadows
  • developed conservation easements to preserve the Hillcrest Corridor
  • completed survey work for establishing parcels 1 and 2, which are conservation land
  • removed dead and overgrown trees and planted several new trees along Wellesley, Newton and Ash streets
  • stabilized three existing buildings on Wellesley St. to stem leaks and slow further deterioration
  • completed survey work to establish revised lot lines for parcels 4 and 5
  • demolished seriously deteriorated outbuildings (Summer House, Piggery, and Apple Cellar)

Additional detail on some of these projects can be found further below.

December 2018 Updates

Former Selectman Michael Harrity presented an update on the current status of the Case Estates at the Dec. 18, 2018 Board of Selectmen meeting. His memo and presentation follows:

Dec. 2018 Update Memo on Case Estates (PDF) 

Dec. 2018 Update on Case Estates to the Board of Selectmen (PDF)

Work Underway/To Be Completed

  • Develop an ecological management plan for the property, including managing invasives and maintaining the fields and wooded areas
  • Formally establish the new lots and lot lines for parcels 1, 2, 4, and 5, via approvals from the Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals
  • File for conservation deed restrictions for parcels 1, 2, 4, 5 and 6
  • Consider the sale of two small pieces of municipal land on parcel 9 to deal with long-standing, inherited encroachments of an abutter on Ash Street
  • Historical Commission to propose restrictions to preserve historical characteristics of the existing buildings - the Rand House, School House and Barn - and seek Community Preservation Committee and Town Meeting approvals for funding for these restrictions (with Community Preservation Act funds)
  • Determine reuse of the buildings on parcels 4 and 5 and then offer for sale via RFPs, subject to any approved conservation and/or historical restrictions
  • Determine future use of parcel 9: open space or affordable housing