by Andrew Turner
It took only an hour and a half, Wednesday, for the District 7 Act 250 Environmental Commission to go through a land use permit application for a new hotel here.
Murphy Realty Inc. of St. Johnsbury wants to build a hotel on Route 5 and Wednesday's hearing was one of the first major permitting steps it needs to clear in order to do that.
The hotel, if built today, would have 104 over-sized rooms with their own balconies, an in door pool, an interior corridor, uncommon for hotels in this area, and a conference center, another anomaly for this region.
B.J. and Peter Murphy, representing Murphy Realty Inc., were on hand for the hearing in which a large portion of the required criteria were accepted as presented in the application, leaving little to be discussed.
The topic garnering the greatest number of questions from the environmental commissioners had to do with water drainage on the site and how it would affect abutting property.
Also of interest was what soil borings of the property revealed when done by the engineering firm.
The site was, for many years, a stump dump for town residents and there has been concern about the stability of the site as a place to build a structure as large as the one proposed.
The company must now get permits for wastewater disposal and stormwater runoff.
The Murphys are hoping to begin construction on the project this coming fall, with an official opening date in mid-1998.