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Creedmoor’s proposed destination site on hold

CREEDMOOR — Sewer allocation may derail the plans for the old train depot station on Elm Street in Creedmoor, according to discussions in the Oct. 3 board meeting.

Randy Lanou and fellow investors have purchased the old train depot property with the intention of opening a brewery, restaurant, small shopping area and small museum. 

“We want to give Creedmoor a destination location,” Lanou said.

The problem facing Lanou is the amount of sewer allocation available from South Granville Water and Sewer Authority. The old train depot property has 500 gallons of water and sewer allocated from previous owners.

Mike Frangos, director of community development, recently learned that SGWASA found 9,000 gallons of sewer allocation when working on a pump station that may be used in Creedmoor.

Frangos said other developers and people who want to build a single home are on a list in front of Lanou.

Lanou, speaking for his firm, BuildSense, suggested they be given whatever allocation that was necessary to begin the project, although BuildSense has not provided the city with the necessary paperwork for the project.

All builders are required to submit a site plan with water and sewer requirements before the city can approve plans for construction.

BuildSense wants the city to say how much water and sewer allocation it will give the builders before they develop a site plan. Lanou said the investors did not want to spend the money to develop the site plan until they have a commitment on sewer allocation.

Lanou said a brewery could take up to 4,000 gallons per day. 

“The brewery in Oxford only uses 1,000 gallons a day,” he said.

While some commissioners are gun-ho about the project, others are wary of giving away nearly half of the available allocation and understand that there is a waiting list that must be considered and that those on the list have completed the necessary paperwork to start building once the sewer allocation has been approved.

Commissioners decided to table this discussion and a proposed water and sewer allocation policy until the Oct. 17 work session.

The board approved moving forward with design addendum for the police station and City Hall expansion project in the amount of $71,760. The vote was split, with Commissioners Ed Mims and Georgana Kicinski voting against moving forward.

Commissioners received updates on the stormwater drainage project throughout the city and removal and replacement of the Community Center garden retaining wall.

Commissioners put the retaining wall project on hold until a wall design could be presented.  

After a closed session meeting, the board voted to terminate a portion of the Paychex Managed Service contract. Paychex is a payroll service that has multi-tiers of services. It was determined the management service portion of the contact was not what the city needed and that portion will be terminated with six months notice to the vendor. 

The board will hold a work session at 6 p.m., Oct. 17.