On December 24, 2019, the City of Newton filed legal papers at the Middlesex South Registry of Deeds to take ownership of 17 acres of Webster Woods, as authorized by a unanimous vote of the City Council on December 2nd. The land will become part of the city’s Webster Conservation Area.
Boston College has the right to go to court to challenge the $15.2 million price approved by the City Council, but the land now belongs to the City of Newton.
The Newton Conservators will hold a conservation restriction on the land, to assure that it will be preserved in perpetuity.
Boston College will retain ownership of the developed portion of the property it purchased in 2016, including the buildings, the main parking lot, and the rear parking lot that is now used as a salt storage facility.