Charlestown and Nature Conservancy team up to expand Pasquiset Pond Preserve

Charlestown and Nature Conservancy team up to expand Pasquiset Pond Preserve

CHARLESTOWN — A plan for The Nature Conservancy and the town to buy and preserve a 55-acre wooded parcel will move forward after a unanimous vote by the Town Council on Tuesday. 

The town and conservancy will split the $220,000 purchase price, with the town’s $110,000 share coming from a bond passed by the voters several years ago for the acquisition of open space. 

In exchange the town will get a conservation easement over the property. 

The conservancy has signed a purchase-and-sale agreement for the Old Road property, which abuts the 200-acre Pasquiset Pond Preserve and the 60-acre Black Pond cluster development open space. The land is between South County Trail and Old Coach Road, and is close to the South Kingstown town line. 

“We’re excited to enhance our share and investment in the conservation of this property,” said Tim Mooney, Rhode Island marketing and communications manager for The Nature Conservancy.

The conservancy negotiated a sale price with the current owner, Archway Real Estate Partners of Providence.

Part of the historic Narragansett Trail passes through the property. The purchase would enhance and enlarge the Pasquiset Pond Preserve, and together with the Black Pond cluster and the town’s South Farm Preserve, would result in 431 contiguous protected acres. 

Breachway Grill

Also Tuesday, the council sat as the beverage licensing board and approved a transfer of ownership for the beverage license for the Breachway Grill at 1 Charlestown Beach Road. 

Owner Craig Marr said he wanted to transfer part of the ownership to two childhood friends, whom he called “fantastic” silent partners for more than seven years, since its launch. They will become more active partners.  

“As we’ve grown and our success has built and I’ve gotten older, it became apparent to me the better way to go moving forward is to bring in active partners,” Marr said. 

To that end, he introduced his new partners, Mark Lacz and Tyler Carlson. 

“They both have youth, energy, experience and get-to-it-tiveness,” Marr said. 

The two men own Casa Della Luce, Vetrano’s Ristorante and Vittoria’s in Westerly. Carlson operates Vetrano’s, while Lacz runs Casa Della Luce. Lacz’ brother Mike operates Vittoria’s.

Marr said he’ll continue to have an ownership stake in the Breachway Grill.

“It’s just we’ll have more help and support behind us,” he said. The restaurant employs about 60 area residents, Marr said.



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