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May 13, 2013

$96,000 water fee is disputed

Beverly: Developer doesn't think charges should apply to veterans housing project

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The estimated cost of the project is $7.4 million. Windover is receiving $2.7 million in state and federal housing subsidies and tax credits for the project and has applied for another $2.2 million in historic rehabilitation credits.

Dellicker said the company was led to believe by the city that it would not have to pay the per-unit fee, but then was told the fee does apply.

Mayor Bill Scanlon said the city has consistently applied the fee to units with full kitchens, which the Pleasant Street apartments will have.

“We have a significant obligation to have a dependable water infrastructure, and when new demands are placed on that infrastructure, it’s important that we be able to maintain it at a high level,” Scanlon said. “We have a good record in that respect, and these fees, which were passed long before I ever came along, have helped us to do that.”

Dellicker said the city did not charge the per-unit water fee to the Colonial Gardens senior housing project on Conant Street. But Scanlon said those units do not have full kitchens.

The City Council’s finance subcommittee turned down the waiver request by a 3-0 vote on April 22. City Council President Paul Guanci sent the request back to the committee last week for further discussion. But Dellicker said he has decided to withdraw it.

“It was clear from talking to people that nobody on the council was going to support this,” he said. “I’m just going to have to suck it up.”

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or pleighton@salemnews.com.

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