An agreement between Saugus town and Aggregate Industries aims to fill in the rock quarry located on Route 99 within the next 15 years to prepare it for redevelopment, reports Wickedlocal.com.
On Monday, the Aggregate Post-Closure Committee unanimously voted to adopt a Land Reclamation Agreement (LRA) between the town and Aggregate Industries.
The LRA outlines the process of reclaiming the 40-acre quarry site off Route 99 and emphasizes that the area, currently zoned for mainly industrial uses, will be redeveloped according to “highest and best” uses, including mixed use, offices, housing and retail, banks, biotechnology and insurance.
Aggregate will continue operating on 3 acres of the quarry while the reclamation process takes place, but the LRA states that prohibited uses for the site will take effect when the reclamation process begins.
Best uses and prohibited uses will be formalized in zoning bylaw amendments relative to the site that will be presented to Town Meeting for consideration by a Board of Selectmen appointed task force once a master plan for the site is completed.
All imported material used to fill in what Aggregate Post-Closure Committee member and Selectman Jennifer D’Eon called “Saugus’s mini grand canyon” will be subject to Department of Environmental Protection regulations.
Head of Aggregate Industries Northeast Region Brad Kohl said that the quarry will require about 7 million cubic yards of material to fill.
Aggregate Industries general manager Erik Muller said that the majority of fill material will likely come from Boston area construction sites.