The recently formed Coggins Hill Preservation Association (CHPA) is a group of current and former Union Maine residents. Their primary objective is to purchase and preserve from development the recently tax acquired property located on Coggins Hill Road. (see Maine Registry of Deeds Book 3058, Page 67 and Town of Union, Maine Map 015, Lot 001).
Members of the CHPA feel that this particular piece of Union is special and worth preserving for informal public access, both now and for future generations, they said in a July 30 news release.
“For years, local residents have made their way to the summit to take in the amazing views, picnic with their families, and even get married,” the group said. “On a clear day, you can see Mt. Washington in New Hampshire, as well as much of the Midcoast from this piece of property, the highest point in Union. Anyone who has been to summit knows it is a special place worth preserving from residential development or restricted access. To this end, the CHPA will incorporate as a mutual benefit non-profit with the intention of making a purchase offer for the Coggins Hill property. “
The CHPA said the Town of Union Comprehensive Plan recommends preservation of premium hilltop open spaces for the future informal enjoyment by the public, suggesting that public views and high points be protected from residential development that generally discourage public access.
“The goals of the Town of Union and CHPA seem to be in clear alignment,” the group said. “It is with this intention that the CHPA will make a formal bid to preserve Coggins Hill.”
Anyone wishing for more information on the group’s efforts should contact CHPA.Union@gmail.com