Groton Sewer Extension Project Done
“The project is anticipated to bring new commercial growth to the Four Corners Village district,” Tom Orcutt, vice-chairman of the Groton Sewer Commission, said in an email.
The Four Corners system, which is separate from and independent of the downtown Groton system, channels the effluvium, using low pressure and gravity, along Westford Road through to Ayer, where it connects with that system before being treated at the Ayer Wastewater Treatment Facility on Brook Street.
The sewer system was actually established in 2015 then expanded to reach the Four Corners area as a requirement to approve a planned commercial center. Without a modern sewer system, commercial development had stagnated. Individual septic systems are traditionally used for homes and not suitable for the demands of heavy traffic flow in retail centers and commercial hubs.
Another expansion is planned to connect a proposed housing development, Robin Hill, behind Shaw’s plaza, to the main network. That development, which when finished will include 24 new homes for those 55 and above, along with existing single-family homes, actually helped the town’s position when it applied for state grants.
“The Robin Hill development helped increase the grant score,” said Town Planner Takashi Tada. “The proposed residential development showed a bigger need for the funding.”
The developer, David Moulton, will also benefit because he will not have to put individual septic systems at each dwelling, Tada explained.