GREAT BARRINGTON — It's one way to break an impasse.

Town officials are in talks to consider buying the Roger Road property that's home to a trucking firm. Surrounding homeowners say the business disturbs the neighborhood and may be harming their health.

Property owner Gary O'Brien says he bought the industrially zoned parcel eight years ago to run Irish Trucking on land home to some form of trucking since 1929, before the town had zoning laws.

Neighbors in the residential neighborhood east of Stockbridge Road last year began a campaign to pressure town officials to do something about what they describe as heavy truck noise in the early morning, as well as accumulation of diesel particulate on their homes and yards.

Though hit last November with a cease-and-desist order from the town — one of several issued over the last eight years — O'Brien appealed. After hearings, the Zoning Board of Appeals allowed him to continue operating, but with a list of conditions.

Then, an O'Brien neighbor sued and the company owner appealed the ZBA ruling in state Land Court.

Members of the Select Board, anticipating mounting legal expenses, met Thursday in executive session to discuss.

"We're keeping all our options open to keep our legal fees down and to solve a problem in the neighborhood," the board chairman, Stephen Bannon, later told The Eagle. "It will take time, like any other real estate deal."

O'Brien said he is open to negotiating a sale. Proceeds would help him find a new location, he said.

"I don't know what it's going to do to my company now to move — that's a lot of stress on my company," he said.

The 8-acre parcel is valued at $255,300, according to the town assessor's office. In 2010, GJO purchased the property for $225,000.

Kristen O'Brien, O'Brien's wife and business manager, said that to seal this deal the town needs to be fair.

"[The town] needs to be reasonable," she said. "We're not asking them to go over the top, we're not trying to take advantage of the situation, but we also have to pay legal fees."

She explained that the property's value is higher, since a home on the land is condemned and rebuilding it could increase the site's value.

"I'm not just willing to forget about that," she said.

Kristen O'Brien said she is frustrated by what she sees as false statements about the trucking company. She said it is operating legally. She said three out of the five complaints have come from residents with homes built in the last five years.

"We trucked in the material for their house," she said. "We have a business there. We're not just gonna walk away."

Heather Bellow can be reached at and at Twitter @BE_hbellow and 413-329-6871.