Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Downtown Keystone May Boot Septic Tanks

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Downtown Keystone May Boot Septic Tanks

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KEYSTONE HEIGHTS -- Septic tanks in the commercial area of

Keystone Heights may soon be a thing of the past if proponents

of a plan to bring a sewage treatment plant to the area are

successful.

The City Council hired the consultant firm of Hartman &

Associates to conduct a feasibility study on the proposal.

The proposal was part of a study funded by the city's Community

Redevelopment Agency. Agency chairman Darby Bloodgood said the

proposal would be for a package plant -- a combination plant

that treats sewage and produces water that can be used for

irrigation -- and could mean a shot in the arm to the downtown

and commercial area.

Plans call for the plant to be located on property north of

Commercial Circle and the plant would initially service both the

downtown businesses and Commercial Circle, an area zoned for

commercial development.

Bloodgood said not only would existing businesses benefit, but

it would be a means to entice new businesses to the area.

"The businesses love the idea because it would solve so many

problems for them," Bloodgood said, such as the expense of

having to regularly pump their septic tanks.

Councilman Jack Raleigh said it would also mean that several

types of businesses, such as cafes and restaurants, that are now

restricted from opening in downtown because of the restrictions

on septic tanks, would be able to come into the area.

Raleigh said eliminating septic tanks would free up areas

behind downtown businesses for more parking. Parking is a

constant complaint from both merchants and patrons about the

downtown business district.

"This would free up the alleyways behind businesses for

parking," he said.

The initial review of the plan calls for investigating the

feasibility of a package plant. …

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