KINGSTON – The future of the Greenway project may be growing clearer. Owner Mary O’Donnell announced Tuesday that she is in negotiations for a potential buyer of the property – adjoining and including her wind turbines – with plans for an alternative type of hospital.
O’Donnell made the announcement during the continued public hearing for an earth removal permit from the Board of Selectmen
Authorizing Town Administrator Robert Fennessy to sign off on the final version, selectmen voted unanimously to approve an amended earth removal permit for the site with more than 25 conditions for approval attached.
The conditions include a financial settlement agreement with the town for removing approximately 100,000 cubic yards of earth from the site without the required approval of the board. The conditions restrict how much earth she can remove in one year.
Citing confidentiality, O’Donnell said she cannot reveal the name of the buyer but said the individual plans to build an alternative health center at the site, with the greenhouses supplying local, all natural food for the facility.
“I’m beyond excited,” O’Donnell said. “It’s just the greatest thing.”
The model of this alternative health center is an innovative healthcare delivery system that empowers individuals to manage their health and lifestyle.
An entire sustainable community is planned, including a boutique hotel next door, approximately 150 homes near the three turbines, and additional amenities. O’Donnell said there are people who recognize the value of healthy living and want to live in this kind of community.
“They recognize how we all should be living,” she said.
The town would also benefit from the creation of high-paying jobs and tax revenue of close to $2 million, she said. She said she is aware of planning and zoning concerns for the project and of the potential need for Town Meeting action relative to building a hospital or other care facility in a residential area.
O’Donnell asked that town counsel sit down with her attorney, Jack Yunits, and a representative from the selectmen to discuss the project and review conceptual plans once they are available, in order to expedite the process and “work smart.”
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