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Agreement to Protect Gutman Farm from Development

At presstime Monday, Penn and the Heritage Conservancy were preparing for a press conference to announce an agreement that will protect the 211-acre Gutman Center property in Bucks County from development as it changes hands. The Gutman farm was given to Penn in 1973 to be used for fine arts, but when the arts program there was discontinued several years ago the bulk of it was rented as farmland and its cottages leased to artists. A move to sell the land to developers last year was opposed by the community-a controversy that has been covered in detail in the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily Pennsylvanian. Details of the argreement will be published here on release.

Return to:Almanac, University of Pennsylvania, January 13, 1998, Volume 44, Number 17