Requests for sewer capacity for office buildings, retail stores, restaurants and multi-unit housing at exits 8, 9 and 10 have been flowing in.
KINGSTON – Requests for sewer capacity for office buildings, retail stores, restaurants and multi-unit housing at exits 8, 9 and 10 have been flowing in.
At Tuesday’s meeting of the Board of Selectmen, Sewer Commission Chairman (and selectman) Elaine Fiore will ask the board to sign the paperwork necessary to process a loan for $1.6 million to keep the town’s wastewater plant expansion project moving forward.
“After a busy summer, the wastewater plant expansion is moving along,” she said. “We are receiving calls from developers, property owners, realtors and engineering firms all looking for sewer capacity. The project would double the capacity at the plant with the addition of two tanks (sequential batch reactors). We already have one tank filled.”
If the demand for capacity continues, the second tank would be built, she said, but if the demand isn’t there, they will move forward with just one tank.
“Vacant lots at the south end of Kingston have the potential of being built out, along with the properties around Exit 8,” she said. “All the state funding opportunities the town has filed includes information provided by the Water Department that south Kingston be converted to the high-pressure zone to mitigate service pressure and fire flow impacts of the redevelopment project areas.”
If successful with additional funding from MassWorks and/or the Economic Bond Bill, water infrastructure needs would be eligible for a portion of the funding. In addition, the sewer commissioners are waiting to hear whether they have been successful in receiving a $2 million grant from the Federal Economic Development Administration.
“We were fortunate to have had the federal representatives who have worked with us on the grant in Kingston last week,” Fiore said. “They toured the existing wastewater treatment plant and the areas in town that will benefit from the plant expansion. We have an aggressive timeline. Our goal is to go out to bid in the spring, early summer so we can lock in the construction costs sooner than later.”
They also have an October deadline to submit the documentation needed for the State Revolving Fund’s low interest loan. The Sewer Commissioners have been working with the finance director and treasurer to secure the $1.6 million loan (BAN). They are requesting $1.6 million from the $28 million project costs now. The debt is part of the overall project costs.
The loan, in addition to the $3 million MassWorks grant that had previously been awarded, would continue to fund the design, permitting, geotechnical investigations, field surveys, pump station and bidding process.
The Sewer Commission has allocated capacity for property at 121-125 Main St. and 124 Main St., but not for a specific project, Fiore said, adding that there have been a few options for that property. Typically the request is for additional capacity for the property, not a specific project, she said.
The Planning Board was asked Monday night to approve a special permit and site plan for a combined carpet cleaning business and residence at 124 Main St. but took no action. The applicant requested more time to consider his options.
The Planning Board was also asked by attorney Larry Winokur to place a zoning change on the warrant for the Special Town Meeting Nov. 12 so that a proposed restaurant project could go forward, but the board voted 2-2, denying that request. Winokur said he doubted his client would wait for the spring.
Fiore invites anyone currently on the municipal sewer line who may need additional sewer capacity in the next few years to call the Wastewater Department at 781-585-4058 for more information.
“We’ll be making the decision to build one tank or two before the project goes out to bid, which is only a few months away,” she said.
Town Meeting voted to approve wastewater plant expansion in the spring.
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