Power plant developer signs option agreement for 89 acres on Round Top Road

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BURRILLVILLE – An option to purchase 89 acres of land along Round Top Road was filed with the Burrillville Town Clerk’s office this week by Clean River Energy Center, LLC.

The agreement gives the company, which has applied to build a 1,000 megawatt power plant in the area, exclusive right to purchase the privately-owned land from Pascoag resident Debra Alles.

The agreement comes as final hearings on the natural gas burning facility get underway before the state’s Energy Facility Siting Board. Attorneys representing parent company Invenergy Thermal Development LLC, and legal opposition from the Conservation Law Foundation and the town of Burrillville, gave opening testimony on Thursday, April 26 and are due back July 19. Hearings are expected to continue through October with a decision issued in December or early 2019.

The contract with Debra L. Alles Family Living Trust was signed May 1 in the company’s home state of Illinois and expires April 30, 2020.

The Route 96 lot abuts property owned by Narragansett Electric Company and was filed May 10.

Just days before a Quit Claim Deed was filed for another neighboring lot with no immediate connection to the power plant developer. According to an agreement filed May 7, Ralph and Vera Buxton of North Carolina paid Aldon Buxton of Ohio $82,500 for a 1/4 interest in an abutting 181 acres on Hill Road.

The agreement with Alles is the third deal the company has filed with area landowners in as many months. Algonquin Gas Transmission LLC signed an easement agreement for 24 acres of their property on Wallum Lake Road in March. That contract has a maximum term of 75 years.

In April, seller Richard St. Angelo of Cranston signed an option to purchase agreement for his 151.79 acre lot on East Avenue. That deal was also signed in Chicago, and expires in 18 months.

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