Martinsville, developer reach agreement on sanitary sewer for housing project

MARTINSVILLE — The city of Martinsville and a housing developer have reached an agreement concerning the extension of sanitary sewer lines into a future residential development known as Hanna Farms in the city’s south end.

The Martinsville Board of Public Works & Safety approved an agreement Monday with Forestar Real Estate Group, a Texas-based residential lot development company, that would have both parties split the cost of pumping out waste from manholes and sewer pipes in the new subdivision in the event that “a shortage of parts or materials necessary” leads to delays in the extension of the sewer lines.

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Forestar is looking to develop around 280 homes on 85 acres of farmland east of Artesian Avenue in the city’s south end. The city has already agreed to provide sanitary sewer service to the property.