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Presence of rare salamander jeopardizes proposed land sale

A tiny creature found swimming in a vernal pool on Foxborough land could throw a wrench into a plan to auction off the town-owned property and apply the proceeds to some sorely needed capital projects, like a new Town Hall.

The discovery of the marbled salamander — the rarest of its kind in the state — on the Oak Street property has also heated up a conversation between town officials, who want to sell the land, and Foxborough’s Conservation Commission, which says the parcel has been designated open space for decades and should be preserved.

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