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Patton Township open house profiles open space opportunities

Patton Township will host an upcoming open house showcasing the open space opportunities in the township.

The open house is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the township municipal building, and it will feature different properties the township is considering preserving as open space.

A committee of volunteers has been working for the past year to narrow down a list of potential properties, township Manager Doug Erickson said. What started as a list of about 90 properties has now been whittled down to a handful.

The open house will highlight five properties, he said, and will feature a variety of locations and property types.

Spaces include undeveloped parcels in Toftrees, Grays Woods and along Buffalo Run, he said. Many include trail possibilities and the preservation of natural features within a development.

Erickson said the township is seeking all input from the community. One or more properties will likely be recommended to the township Board of Supervisors during the June 15 board meeting.

Purchase of open space was made possible in November 2014, when a majority of township residents voted in favor of a referendum authorizing the township to borrow up to $3.5 million for the preservation of open space. A 0.6 mill tax increase will be added to the township in order to repay the amount borrowed.

Jeremy Hartley: 814-231-4616, @JJHartleyNews