Seven Lakes West has acquired a nearly six acre buffer bordering the outside of Longleaf Drive, stretching from near Douglas Drive to near Callis Circle.
Treasurer Mercedes Herdrich told The Times that the acquisition is part of an ongoing effort, lead by the CSI Team, to secure and beautify the community's borders. That committee recently negotiated the donation of a one acre parcel that includes one of the Longleaf Pond dams.
The newly acquired Longleaf buffer totals 5.896 acres, according to a deed filed with the Moore County Register of Deeds on Thursday, March 26. The purchase price was $45,500.
The 100-foot wide strip was carved out of a larger, 96 acre parcel that was clear-cut for timber harvesting last year, leaving an open and not particularly attractive vista from Longleaf Drive to the West End Presbyterian Church and Cemetery.
Herdrich said it is her understanding that the entire property has been replanted with pine seedlings, but how Seven Lakes West can best landscape of otherwise make use of the buffer strip will be a matter for future community discussions.
The potential purchase of the buffer had not been discussed or voted on in any open meetings of the Seven Lakes West Landowners Association Board of Directors prior to the closing of the transaction.
Herdrich said the seller, McDonald Family Farms, LLC, had asked that negotiations concerning the property be kept confidential until closing, which occurred on March 26.
Herdrich said the opportunity to purchase the property was unexpected — and came sooner than the Board might have preferred. However, once they learned that the entire parcel was on the market, roughly four months ago, the decision was made to move quickly.