National Grid seeks substation in town of Clay

— National Grid is seeking a permit to build a utility substation at 4683 Wetzel Road in Clay to help handle power within the town.

The utility company approached the town board at its regular meeting Monday, Nov. 19, to request permission for the construction at a site located west and south of Henry Clay Boulevard, west of the railroad crossing. The substation would get its power from a 115KB transmission line that would run along the eastern portion of the site. If approved, the station would help carry the load from the Belmont, Euclid and Pine grove substations, tying into existing infrastructure west to the Seneca River and east to Cicero.

Joseph McMullen of TDS Inc., speaking on behalf of National Grid, said the substation was deemed necessary based on projected growth as well as concerns about outages in the area. The Wetzel Road site, McMullen said, has been identified as an ideal site within the northern suburbs.

“This site has a lot of advantages,” he said. “It’s centrally located in the area where National Grid has identified the need for a substation. The zoning is compatible. It’s well-screened with vegetation and trees.”

McMullen said that the Wetzel Road substation would be similar in design to the one on East Molloy Road in Mattydale.

“It would be more rectangular than the East Molloy Road site to make it fit on the parcel and to avoid any impact on the wetlands [at the back of the site],” McMullen said. “But it’s a fairly small substation, typical of what you would see for a distribution substation.”

The site on which National Grid is looking to build is actually two parcels, though they will become one parcel when the tax maps are redrawn. The total acreage is 14.71 acres. The area in which the actual building will take place is already disturbed, McMullen said, so no additional tree clearing will be necessary.

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