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July 26, 2013

Conditions set for power plant

Salem: Planning Board lists requirements for redevelopment

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Ward 1 City Councilor Robert McCarthy thanked the Planning Board for its work on the issue, as well as the many residents who had given input at public meetings.

“A lot of thought and effort” had been put into the issue, from all sides, McCarthy said.

“This is one of Salem’s largest redevelopments in its history,” he said. “It’s important we get it right.”

In addition to local boards, the redevelopment plans must also pass muster at the state level.

In May, Salem’s Historical Commission approved a request by Salem Harbor Station to demolish seven oil tanks and a 250-foot smokestack. Footprint Power had asked for a waiver of the city’s demolition delay ordinance so it can begin work this summer.

The company had to go before the Historical Commission because seven of its steel tanks and a brick chimney are more than 50 years old, which triggers a review of a demolition request. In all, the plant plans to remove 11 oil tanks, but four are newer and don’t require board approval.

In addition to McCarthy, City Councilors William Legault, Josh Turiel, Jerry Ryan and Thomas Furey sat in on last night’s Planning Board meeting.

Bethany Bray can be reached at bbray@salemnews.com and on Twitter @SalemNewsBB.

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