Two proposed Norwich elementary schools receive wetlands approvals

The first two new elementary schools in a $385 million school construction project received their first local permit approvals Thursday, with plans showing how the two schools would be situated on their properties. The Inland Wetlands, Watercourses and Conservation Commission approved wetlands applications for the proposed new Greeneville and John B. Stanton elementary schools. Both sites posed challenges and involved disturbances of small amounts of wetlands, project engineers told the commission. The two schools should be put out to bid by the end of the year. The proposed new Greeneville School would occupy the site of the former Greeneville School on Golden Street and other adjacent city property on Boswell Avenue, the site complicated by both wetlands and ledge. The project would require filling about 4,500 square feet of wetlands, with the creation of 3,000 square feet of new wetlands as mitigation. Stormwater runoff from the buildings and parking lots would be collected, treated and allowed to seep into existing wetlands and city drains at a slow pace to avoid erosion, engineers said.

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