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Bank & Medical Facility Planned For Former Wong Property at 4 Corners

Degen Apologizes to Neighbors For Lack of Notification

Members of the Four Corners Neighborhood Association advised the Board of Selectmen that they had not received any communication from town officials regarding the recent receipt of the Mass. Works grant for a proposed installation of municipal sewage in the Four Corners area, and wanted some information on the timeline for construction, plans for the spaces there and anticipated disruption to the neighbors in the area.

Town Manager Mark Haddad said that the town did receive a $2.1M grant to construct a sewer at the Four Corners –“actually three corners” including the 14-acre National Grid property. He said, “It is essentially the same grant we applied for last year,” noting that the exception is that now Southcoast Development purchased the former Wong property and also purchased the “ground lease” on the Shaw’s Supermarket property.

He stressed that any changes to the Wong property from what has already been permitted would have to go back to the Planning Board to get approval. The same guide is true for any changes to the three “pads” at the Shaw’s site.

As far as going forward, Haddad said that the plan is to go out to bid for the project, hoping for a start date of February, and a completion date of July. He stressed that the residential lot at the fourth corner was not included in the plan and that no stub will be included there.

Selectman Josh Degen apologized to the members of the Four Corners Association saying that he was “sorry that they were not kept in the loop.”

Haddad said that the only expense to the taxpayer for the Four Corners Project was $300,000 for the engineering. The remaining monies are the $2.1M grant from the state and $210,000 from Southcoast and the Robin Hill residential developer. He added, “Town Meeting also authorized the town to assess betterments if necessary.”

According to Haddad the project will use directional drilling which will minimize road destruction, although he added that the road in Ayer will be torn up.

He advised that the Wong property was permitted to contain “four buildings and Southcoast was going forward with the original plan regarding the approved square footage, with a bank and a medical facility.” He expects that the Wong property would be developed first, and the three pads at the Shaw’s Plaza done at a later time.

Gas Station Not Allowed

One resident asked about Southcoast, a firm that constructs gas stations, and whether this was in the plan. Water and Sewer Superintendent Tom Orcutt said that since the locations are in the Water Resource Protection District Level 2, gas station use would not be permitted. He stressed, “No gas stations are allowed in a Level 2 Water Protection District.”

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