MILTON – The Granite Links Golf Club at Quarry Hills is suing the town to stop construction of a $6.2 million wind turbine on land next to the golf course.
In a suit filed in Norfolk Superior Court, Quarry Hills says that the turbine would interfere with the golf operation and that Milton’s plan to take a dirt road by eminent domain violates a lease agreement.
The golf club, which straddles the Quincy-Milton line, was built on land once occupied by granite quarries and the old Milton landfill, with fill imported from Boston’s Big Dig used to sculpt the landscape. The private company that operates Granite Links has a 50-year lease with Quincy and Milton to use the publicly owned land.
The suit asks for both a preliminary and permanent injunction to stop the project, which still needs approval from the town Conservation Commission.
“We’re going to be meeting with our attorneys and will prepare our response; we will dispute their claims,” said Marion McEttrick, chairwoman of the Board of Selectmen. “I just think it’s a shame they can’t see their way to supporting the project. It’s very important for the town.”
“It’s really unfair,” said Jeffery Tocchio, attorney for Quarry Hills. “People are trying to vilify [Quarry Hills] as evil developers. The developer in this instance is the town of Milton.”
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