Town awaits special order to greenlight apartment complex

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Final mapping information has been forwarded to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality that will hopefully clear the way for approval of a Special Order of Consent to allow additional sewage flow.

Currently, the town of Mount Olive’s sewage treatment plant is under a state-mandated moratorium, halting any additional growth.

Town Manager Charles Brown said the latest information sent to the state details work already done at the plant in an effort to lift the moratorium.

Brown said he is confident it will be the last set of data needed by the state to allow 100,000 to 150,000 gallons of flow a day.

The consent order would give the town the go-ahead for providing needed sewer service to new residential and commercial development, the town manager said.

Still on hold, due to the moratorium and the town’s inability to provide sewer, is a planned 72-unit apartment complex north of town at the intersection of U.S. Highway 117 Alternate and Northeast Church Road.

The consent order’s approval would give the town some relief in providing sewer flow for development until major improvements can be made to the wastewater treatment plant.

Mount Olive was just awarded a $5.5 million grant to make needed improvements and updates at the facility.

Brown said the proposed apartment complex would require an estimated 80,000 gallons daily.

He said the consent order approval would easily allow the town to provide for that development.

Brown adds that he is hopeful word on the consent order request will come within the next 30 days.

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