What Should Go Here at the Quarry?

There's a lot of land to consider re-using once the West Peabody quarry is ultimately filled in.

This plot of land in West Peabody could become any number of things in the future.

The Russell Street quarry owned and operated by Aggregate Industries sits on more than 50 acres of land surrounded by homes, wildlife, wetlands and the city's bike path. The giant hole in the ground, notwithstanding, there's a lot of potential for the future of the site.

The former quarry owners and the city, and then Aggregate for the past several years, have discussed several options for a closure plan for the site once the quarry is out of commission for good. Those plans included everything from a housing development to a swimming area, recreational use or just leaving it as open space after filling in the hole.

In recent years, the economic recession has led to minimal quarrying activity, although Aggregate still has an asphalt plant at the site.

What are your thoughts on the subject? What do you think would be a good use of the land once the quarry is closed for good?

Jimmy W October 07, 2012 at 08:42 PM
17 Dunkin Donuts.
Steve October 07, 2012 at 10:33 PM
It should stay exactly the way it is
bjean October 08, 2012 at 01:00 AM
Homes that don't cost $500,000!!! Average priced simple homes sell them for $300,000 put in a park, make it a really nice small neighborhood for families with kids!!
John Smith October 08, 2012 at 01:27 AM
You mean they spent all those years digging out that big chunk of land, and now you're just going to fill it back in??
Saber Walsh October 08, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Peabody is totally overdeveloped, so NO MORE HOMES. There's no way they are going to fill that huge hole -- it's about 120 feet down from street grade to the surface of the water. In this economy, the reality will be that we'll probably be referring to it as "the old abandoned quarry" for many years.
John Castelluccio (Editor) October 08, 2012 at 05:53 PM
John and Saber, throughout the years of talks so far, a main component of a closure plan has always included filling the quarry back in, as far as the city is concerned. The final plan, which is required under the special permit for the site, would be whatever the city and Aggregate agree to.
John Castelluccio (Editor) October 08, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Readers chimed in via Facebook with several other suggestions for the land. Here are some of them: - A conservation area/park like Halibut Point in Rockport - A dog park - A new junior high or middle school to replace the old Kennedy School in West Peabody - A gun club - A green fueled company
Jean O'Brien October 26, 2012 at 05:55 PM
How about a nice quiet nature conservation area. This land has been blasted, scrapped and laid to waste, it is time it was returned to a natural setting. The neighbors could also use some quiet after everything they put up with.
Christine November 16, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Dog Park sounds like a good idea
ej burke November 17, 2012 at 12:28 AM
A new park for children. The way soccer, girls and boys Jr. Lacross and Flag Football have taken off we need more park and recreation space
Calvin December 26, 2012 at 06:17 PM
I totally agree with you!! Just let it be the old quarry for a while. What is this "thing" about developing EVERYTHING!!


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