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Green signal; CSX completes land deals.

COLUMN: IN OUR OPINION

While anticipation has been in the air for months, it's fair to say that plans for the CSX intermodal rail facility in Worcester were waiting at a yellow light while negotiations continued over parcels the company needed.

This week, that light turns green. Notification that CSX has completed the acquisition of all the parcels it needs in order to build the facility is a step forward for both the company and the city. It is also gratifying to learn that the acquisitions were done through negotiations and without the need for eminent domain proceedings.

There is still much to be done, of course. CSX has filed an application for site plan approval with the Planning Board, petitioned the Zoning Board of Appeals for a special permit, and will file a Notice of Intent soon with the Conservation Commission.

If all goes as planned, demolition work at the site will begin this month, and construction later this spring.

CSX's intermodal facility is not, by itself, going to transform Worcester, or solve all the region's economic problems. The project is sure to have some side effects on the city, and particularly on the immediate neighborhood.

But, on balance, the project is a win, and a key piece of Worcester's economic future. More efficient movement of cargo is welcome news both for CSX and its many clients and customers.

CSX's expanded presence in the Heart of the Commonwealth means more jobs, savings along the supply line, and expanded economic opportunities for many. This week's green light is a signal for good things to come.
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Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
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Date:Mar 1, 2011
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