SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

Local News

November 19, 2011

Salem looks for transfer station bids

SALEM — The city is soliciting redevelopment proposals for the transfer station site at 12 Swampscott Road, testing the waters to see if there is anyone who might want to turn the property into something other than a trash facility.

The effort comes as neighboring residents and some members of the City Council fight a proposal from Northside Carting — which has leased the site and operated a trash facility there since 2002 — to increase the amount of tonnage processed there.

"I'm all ears if there's another way of looking at this," said Mayor Kim Driscoll. "I hope something comes through. Then we'll have options."

"If there's an interest we need to know," she said. "If not, this (offer from Northside) is the best proposal we have."

The city-owned property has been a trash facility since the 1960s. No matter what its future, the city faces pressure from the Department of Environmental Protection, which determined the site was not properly capped and needs more than $1 million in cleanup work.

Last week, Driscoll called the site a "nightmare" and an albatross around the city's neck.

A request for proposals issued last month asks for interest to develop the site — either leasing or purchasing it from the city. Proposals are due Dec. 2.

"The only way to find out if there is a viable commercial developer is to put it out there," Driscoll said. "Ultimately, this site has to be cleaned up. The question is whether we have to pay for it, or someone else."

It's a process the city has gone through before, when it marketed the transfer station property and solicited redevelopment proposals in 2007.

In the end, only two proposals came in, both for transfer stations, Driscoll said.

Driscoll said she had hoped for some type of commercial redevelopment proposal — not unthinkable because there are retail businesses in the neighborhood.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News

AP Video
Raw: Families Travel to Taiwan Plane Crash Site Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Gen. Odierno Discusses Ukraine, NATO at Forum Gaza Fighting Rages Amid Cease-Fire Efforts Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record LeBron James Sends Apology Treat to Neighbors Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Migrants Back in Honduras After US Deports Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Raw: ISS Cargo Ship Launches in Kazakhstan Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' EPA Gets Hip With Kardashian Tweet Bodies of MH17 Victims Arrive in the Netherlands Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's US, UN Push Shuttle Diplomacy in Mideast
Comments Tracker