Land Bank buys last NISDA cottages with coastal resilience in mind

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(March 10, 2022) Coastal resilience is at the forefront of Land Bank’s most recent acquisition, the 3,750 square foot lot at 71 Washington St. for $2.1 million.

It is the location of the last two Nantucket Island School of Design and the Arts (NISDA) cottages in the area. Five of his former cottages stood on a small adjoining plot, until that property was also sold to Land Bank in 2019.

The Land Bank plans to move the last two cabins to the NISDA location on Wauwinet Road, then create a small pocket park on the Washington St. property, which overlooks the harbor across Washington Street. Land Bank management also believes the property can be instrumental in absorbing floodwater in the downtown flood zone.

“The long-term plan is to take control of the property there and work with the city to develop a coastal resilience plan,” Land Bank Commission Vice Chairman Allen Reinhard said.

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