MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Middlebury College has sold a 16-acre piece of land to the nonprofit Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT), which will use the property to create a new public park, Otter View Park, and three housing lots - two in Middlebury and one in Weybridge. Each of the lots is less than a half-acre in size, leaving 15 acres for park space. The land is located east of the corner of Weybridge Street and Pulp Mill Bridge Road, and straddles the Middlebury-Weybridge town line.

The idea to conserve the land began with a Middlebury College student project for an environmental studies class taught in the spring of 2001. The college bought the land in 1948 and at one point considered using it for faculty housing.