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Worcester takes control of Riddle Farm water plant

By Brian Gilliland | Oct 19, 2017

(Oct. 20, 2017) Pending the replacement of a membrane at the Riddle Farm Wastewater Treatment Plant, the Worcester County Commissioners on Tuesday agreed to accept the facility and its workings into the fold, bringing the project to a close.

The work is expected to be complete at the end of the month.

Two membrane filters needed to be replaced, Public Works Director John Tustin explained, but the work needed to be delayed until after the summer season when demand would be reduced.

One membrane has already been replaced, and the other is due to be done by the end of the month, he said.

The project is the result of a public/private partnership to build a facility with larger capacity and infrastructure to supply, among other areas, the shopping center containing the Berlin Wal-Mart among other businesses.

In return for constructing the facility, the private portion of the partnership is empowered to sell the EDUs generated from the expansion.

The county will begin shopping the upgraded center as early as next week, as the Economic Development Department is scheduled a commercial real estate tour for developers and investors next Thursday, Oct. 26.

The tour has been on hiatus since 2013.

Already confirmed for the tour are commercial real estate firm Trout Daniel and Associates, restaurant Cracker Barrel, outfitter Bass Pro Shops and grocery stores Harris Teeter, Aldi, and Lidl.

“This allows us to tell our story, to put ourselves in the center and let people see what it would be like to do business here,” Merry Mears, economic development director said in a previous interview.



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