Manchester * Hampstead * Lineboro

NORTH --

December 04, 1992

Plan to link 88 homes to Manchester sewerage

As many as 88 Manchester properties may be added to the town's sewer system under a proposal to be discussed at the Town Council meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the town hall.

Most of the lots contain homes, but the proposal would also affect two businesses, a church and some vacant lots.

Town Manager Terry Short estimated that the cost of joining the system would be about $12,600 for the average affected homeowner.

He said he is looking into ways to help homeowners finance the cost, such as loans with interest rates of 4.2 percent to 4.6 percent, spread over 20 years.

Mr. Short said that this is a good time to add to the sewer system because interest rates are at 30-year lows and construction rates are at 20-year lows.

He also said that he met with about 30 affected residents Wednesday to discuss the project.

At the meeting, some Park Avenue residents expressed concern that sewers weren't installed on that street before it was resurfaced this summer.

Shopping center appeal considered

The Hampstead Board of Zoning Appeals met Wednesday evening to consider an appeal lodged by opponents of the proposed Oakmont Green retail center development.

The development, on the east side of Route 30 across from Brodbeck Road, would feature a 42,716-square-foot grocery ,X store, along with 13,800 square feet of additional retail space.

Board Chairman Gary Bauer said opponents of the development presented a market study challenging the need for the center.

Opponents also argued that traffic improvements already in place may not be sufficient to prevent congestion on Route 30 caused by the development, Mr. Bauer said, and they questioned whether the center's storm water management facilities meet requirements.

The board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Hampstead town hall to consider the appeal and announce a decision.

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