Groton residents raise concerns about data center proposal

The vast majority of the roughly 48 speakers were opposed or sought more information and time for the town to deliberate. Residents were applauded after they spoke, and some wore stickers that said “NO DATA CENTER NOW.” NE Edge LLC, under manager Thomas Quinn, is asking the council to approve a host fee agreement to bring one data center or more to land between Flanders and Hazelnut Hill Roads, south of Interstate 95 and north of Groton Open Association’s Sheep Farm properties. Some residents publicly criticized or questioned the developer’s experience and background and some people also criticized town staff and some of the councilors, and called for more vetting of the developer and the proposal. Some expressed anger over the Mystic Education Center proposal, the current data center proposal and a previous agreement signed with Gotspace. Several residents also discussed a recent column written by The Day’s David Collins.

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