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Update on the Green Meadow Golf Course Site Development Proposal

By Robert Mingolelli
 
The weekly subscribers of the Groton Herald might remember an article back on May 15 regarding Green Meadow Golf Club in Hudson NH. The 36 hole golf complex including, The Prairie and The Jungle courses, well might change. Representatives from Hillwood Investment Properties, are scheduled to be back before Hudson planning officials on Sept. 9.
     Tyngsborough town officials have concerns about the proposed 2.5 million-square-foot logistics center planned for the Green Meadow Golf Course with the multi-technology behemoth Amazon as its primary tenant.
     The proposed multi-million logistics center would be located on the 300-plus acre Green Meadow Golf Club. According to Hillwood’s proposal, 230 of the acres at the Hudson Logis tics Center would be preserved as green space, including a buffer zone along the Merrimack River.
     The town’s Planning Board has asked the Board of Selectmen to consider seeking a ban on truck traffic on Route 3A southbound as one way to mitigate the substantial impact this project, if approved by Hudson boards, would have on town residents and roads.
     Depending on which way the traffic turns, there will be an impact on Hudson or on Tyngsborough. The impact on the two towns will be extensive.
     Hillwood’s estimated 150-250 trucks per day equals 300-500 trips per day. Their employee estimates could yield 1,000/2,500 cars or 2,000/5,000 trips per day. Imagine that additional traffic load. But, the total number of truck loading docks and parking spaces can easily accommodate around 3,500 trucks/7,000 trips per day.
     “Truck noise will be 24/7. Diesel trucks emit fumes and particulates in the air, ending up in our Merrimack River, Limit Brook, wetlands and water table. The proposed access road terminates in a wetland area,” the letter said.
     A group called Save Hudson is opposing the project despite the estimated $4.2 million in annual tax revenue and an estimated 1,400 direct jobs which could generate approximately $81,536,000 in direct wages the town would receive. The group’s concerns are traffic and the environmental impact on wetlands, wildlife and the Merrimack River.
     Green Meadow will continue operation for the rest of 2020 and possibly for a short time in 2021, but only if the sale is delayed. The applicant is due back before Hudson planning officials on Sept. 9. (Edited from Lowell Sun)
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