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What Are Your Top Salem Power Station Concerns?

Area residents attended a hearing at Bentley Elementary School Tuesday night to voice their concerns regarding the plan to redesign the existing Salem Harbor Power Station.

The natural gas plant slated to replace the coal-fired facility at Salem Harbor Power Station will be smaller, cleaner — and much better looking when all is said and done.

On Tuesday, city residents attended to a public hearing at Bentley Elementary School to learn more about Footprint Powers' plan to transform the site into a mixed-use area that will not only power the region, but also provide berths for big cruise ships.

The main outlines of the project will be well known to most Salemites. The old coal-burning facility will be all but razed, then replaced on a much smaller scale by a gas-fired power plant. Much of the 65-acre plot would be available for uses other than the plant, which would take up only 22 acres.

Toward the Blaney Street side, docks capable of accepting large cruise ships are envisioned. Between the plant and the adjoining sewerage facility, industrial uses are expected.

The new plant would have one smokestack in place of the current facility's three. And that stack would be less than half the height (230 feet) of the tallest existing one (492 feet).

So, we have to ask: what are your top concerns regarding the redesign?

Let us know in the comments section below.

Markus Ohl February 27, 2013 at 06:30 PM
What will sheer volume of having the cruise ships docking in Salem do to traffic? Are the streets big enough to handle it and what will that do to the quality of life in the surrounding neighborhood? Will it cause interest from the mass market, cookie cutter, minimum wage stores to want to move in which could damage a downtown area that prides itself in being almost exclusively "mom & pop" stores?
john February 27, 2013 at 06:59 PM
My top concern is,how will this affect my taxes? I also am concerned that people really think we will have cruise ships coming to Salem. All this is someones dream that will never come true. Best case scenario is we will have a smaller,cleaner power plant and most likely another boat yard. Who would want any other type of business between a power plant and a sewer plant? The ferry is living a slow death and winter island has been neglected for years. The new plant is a positve but the rest.....
Carolyn Costain February 27, 2013 at 06:59 PM
Stay tune Salem residents! Pretty soon Our Mayor will want a Casino on that site as well. "She was the only local Mayor I seen on the news endorsing and pushing for Casinos in MA. as she stood side by side on the issue with Gov. Patrick!
Michael McNeil February 27, 2013 at 07:56 PM
A Gentlemen's Club would go quite nicely on the site. More Squire Club and less Golden Banana.
Bill February 27, 2013 at 08:47 PM
Voice for reason...Maybe a slot parlor too.
john February 28, 2013 at 08:16 PM
Does anyone know how much tax the new plant will pay compared to how much the old plant has been paying?

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