The Groton Electric Light Department’s long march to a new garage and office complex on Station Avenue took an important step forward Monday night when the Board of Selectmen ratified a memo of understanding to exchange parcels of land with the town department. The formal exchange of land, approved by a Town Meeting vote in 2010, lets the utility move forward with construction.
“This town meeting vote was on October 25th 2010, and we’re finally to the position now where we’re in contract negotiations with the general contractor, so hopefully as soon as the snow is gone, you’ll see some activity down on Station Avenue,” GELD Manager Kevin Kelly told the selectmen.
The land swap involves a .9 acre parcel with frontage on Station Avenue for a .7 acre parcel bordering the Nashua River Rail Trail. The parcels are of equal monetary value, and the .9 acre section includes a .2 acre section of wetlands that cannot be built upon.