Meridian Land Services (MLS) is currently in the process of putting together a four story building on 44 Wentworth Avenue. But, due to wetlands within the vicinity of the project, they first needed to work with the Conservation Commission to determine a potential solution possible conflict.
Tim Ferwerda, a wetland scientist representing MLS, attended the commission’s most recent meeting on July 11 to explain his project and how MLS would address the concerns over effects to the wetlands in order to be granted a permit for such a purpose.
According to Ferwerda, the current drainage plan for the project will form two forebays off of the parking lot before overflowing into a wet pond. However, the wetlands next to the property would need to be eliminated and replaced with a wet pond. Ferwerda feels that the wet pond, although serving a different function than wetlands, would still cover the loss of the wetlands and MLS would plant wetland vegetation native to wetlands so that the wet pond can blend in better. Ferwerda admitted that these ideas came from realizing that the Department of Environmental Services (DES) would not be fond of MLS simply eliminating the wetlands altogether, leading him to this plan to please the commission and the Department of Environmental Services (DES).