Duxbury: Green project may save town money, Blairhaven buildings soon to be demolished

Monday night the alternative energy committee met with the Duxbury Board of Selectmen to discuss the feasibility of putting a solar array on top of the two-acre cap landfill behind the transfer station. The plan is to have a solar company design and own the project and then lease the landfill from the town.

Chair of the solar array subcommittee Jim Goldenberg described the benefit of the town not taking ownership of the green project, “It puts responsibility to maintain that cap on someone who’s going to care about it for twenty-five years. They’re going to put a couple million dollars of equipment on it, they’re going to put around it, they’re going to care about what happens there. So, it’s a good use.”

Goldenberg also stated that the solar company would sell the electricity back to Duxbury at a discount. The board of selectmen agreed that the project is a good idea and wishes the committee will continue working. A solar company will be chosen by October.

The Blairhaven committee also presented their final recommendation to the Duxbury selectmen regarding the former retreat center property purchased by the town in July. The committee recommended that the land be transformed into a park only to be used by Duxbury residents. The five acre property overlooks Kingston Bay and has become a popular landing spot for boaters.

However, the committee fears that the land will only be used by boaters. Chair of the committee Betsy Sullivan stated that the best way to separate the landing from the park would be to restrict parking, “There is a two hour restriction on the parking. The intent was that we did not want to create a parking lot for the park that was going to be used by the adjacent landing for folks that were leaving for twelve hours on their boats or perhaps overnight.”

Town manager Richard MacDonald confirmed that the current buildings on the property including the dormitory, house, and barn will be demolished once bidding begins in the upcoming weeks. Duxbury selectmen said they will review the committee’s recommendation; no final decisions have been made about parking.

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With a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Boston under her belt, Trisha McNeilly joins us full-time as a general assignment and breaking news reporter having previously interned for WBZ-1030 AM in Boston. A South Shore resident her whole life, McNeilly grew up in Pembroke and is 22-years old.