NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

JOHNSTON, R.I. (AP) — The owner of a 108-year-old farm in Johnston has dropped plans to build duplexes on the land.

The Providence Journal reports Michael Di Meo has instead decided to rent out his farm for agricultural use.

Conservationists expressed concern after Di Meo applied for permits over the winter to build 10 duplexes on seven prime acres of the 39-acre property.

Kenneth Ayars, chief of the agriculture division at the state Department of Environmental Management, says the state has been talking with Di Meo about purchasing development rights in order to keep the land as a farm.

He says that idea continues to have potential.

Charles Currie, the farmer who was told he must leave the property to make way for the development, already has moved his operation to Raynham.


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