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County OK's Woodbury land purchase

Washington County commissioners finalized a $1.34 million contribution toward a city of Woodbury open-space purchase.

The county will tap its voter-approved Land and Water Legacy program for the project. It is helping to finance Woodbury's acquisition of 65 acres of undeveloped land in the northeast corner of the city, near Manning Avenue and Interstate 94. The site is known as the Dale property.

Commissioners approved the contribution 5-0 at their Tuesday meeting.

In exchange for contributing $1.34 million, the county will place a conservation easement over the property, prohibiting future development on the site. The city will provide hiking trails; a long-term plan includes handicapped accessibility.

The city is paying $2.18 million toward the purchase. It is using funds from its voter-approved open space acquisition program.