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Tannery Park used as staging area for drainage project

By Susan Mustapich | Oct 29, 2020
Photo by: Susan Mustapich Materials in a project to upgrade drainage on Elm Street in Camden arrived at the Tannery Park during the Oct. 26 week.

The lot known as Tannery Park is once again a staging area for materials to be used during a six-month project to upgrade the drainage system on Elm Street, in Camden's downtown business district.

The property is surrounded by residential neighborhoods located on both sides of Washington Street and Rawson Avenue. It is located in the River Business Zone, which allows many commercial uses.

Several years ago, neighborhood residents asked the Select Board to respect community and town efforts to develop Tannery Park by finding other town-owned land to stage future construction projects. At the time, board members agreed to look for other areas to stage construction projects.

In 2017, the tannery property was used to stage materials and equipment from January through May for the Bakery Bridge construction project.

At a September 2017 meeting about the Rawson Avenue Bridge closure, neighborhood residents complained to the Select Board that noise and dirt from a major project to replace 1,700 feet of water mains forced them to close their windows, left dirt on vehicles and porches and interrupted sleeping patterns of a young child.

During this meeting, residents brought up the use of the property for six months as the staging area for the Bakery Bridge construction, and asked officials to spare them from the noise and disturbances it caused in the past.

A truck unloads materials for a major drainage overhaul on Elm Street at the Tannery Park property on Washington Street Oct. 29. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
The view of the Tannery Park property from residences across the street. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
The Tannery Park property is surrounded by a residential neighborhood. (Photo by: Susan Mustapich)
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Comments (1)
Posted by: Jeff Sukeforth | Oct 30, 2020 07:55

Stop whining you NIMBYs, it's town property and a perfect spot to stage equipment and resources for a huge project sush as this. And by the way I too live on Rawson.

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