Success Stories

Thacher Island Preservation Project, Rockport
Thacher Island, with its twin 19th century granite lighthouses, is a National Historic Landmark – one of fewer than 2,400 in the nation. This CPA project involved rehabilitation of the Whistle House, also called the Fog Signal building, along with other structures on this historic island
Sheep Hill Farm, Williamstown
The town of Williamstown granted CPA funds for the restoration of Sheep Hill Farm’s dairy and horse barns dating to the 1810-1830 period, and the relocation of a historic barrel-stave silo from a neighboring property to replace an identical one that collapsed.
Horizons For Youth Camp Acquisition, Sharon
The town of Sharon used its CPA funds to acquire a former camp on the shore of Lake Massapoag for active and passive recreational use.
Lake Terrace Apartments, Chatham
In a fantastic example of CPA’s leveraging power, the town of Chatham used $375,000 in CPA funds to leverage a total of $9 million for the creation of 50 affordable housing units in this seaside community.
Center Hill Preserve, Plymouth
This 78-acre property fronting on Cape Cod Bay was Massachusetts’ top preservation priority and ranked second on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s national priorities list in 2006 when it came on the market.
Cole Property, Carver
The CPA was adopted in Carver in large part to protect this valuable 242-acre agricultural property
Common Pasture Purchase, Newburyport
Over the course of several years, the city of Newburyport has used its CPA funds to protect 293 acres of the Common Pasture – a scenic and historic swath of agricultural land dating back to the area’s original European settlement in 1635.
Bradstreet Property Acquisition, Rowley
This 120 acre farm had been in the Bradstreet family since 1635, when the land was granted by King Charles I of England to colonist Humphrey Bradstreet. The property includes an early 19th century farmhouse and 18th century barn in addition to upland meadow, woodland, and marsh.
Preservation of 839 acres abutting old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge
Measured by acres, this is the largest open space acquisition on record in the Commonwealth using Community Preservation Act funds.
Pilot Grove Apartments, Stow
Stow used $350,000 in CPA funds to provide funding to preserve the affordability restrictions on 37 apartments that were at risk due to expiring restrictions.