Florence residents speak out against proposed town building

(Via Town of Florence)

By Janet Perez | YourValley

A number of Florence residents are showing opposition to a town proposal that would allow construction of a new water use facility in the town’s historic residential district.

The proposed facility would be on two pieces of adjacent land between Ruggles and Sixth streets. The Town of Florence Utilities Building, also known as the Waterbarn or Eco Station, will include office space, a storage facility and a recycle yard. Residents near the proposed facility are not pleased. The cost for the Waterbarn is $1.5 million,

“I’m here to oppose the proposed Eco Station, which I would be looking at out my front door,” Anna James told town council during its June 6 meeting. “My property is adjacent to this proposed Eco Station, and I just think it’s a very poor use of the land. Florence old town is a relatively small area and because it was designated sometime in the mid- to late-‘70s as a designated historic town site I think putting a dump in the middle of it is a really bad idea.”

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