WILDWOOD - City residents are encouraged to attend Wednesday's Community Advisory Board meeting to get a closer look at plans to build a solar farm on the city's former back-bay landfill.

The city expects to go out to bid by early March for proposals to cap the former dump site and transform it into the home of a solar farm capable of producing 4 megawatts of clean electricity.

"People will get their first glimpse of the site plan," Mayor Gary DeMarzo said.

The plan is to turn the site, about 25 acres, into a solar farm and a public open space with room for biking and walking trails and other outdoor activities.

The landfill was once expected to be turned into a residential development named Sunset Cove, but that project never developed partly due to changes in the region's real estate market.

The landfill, which is on Susquehanna Avenue between Baker and Lincoln avenues, was named an area in need of redevelopment in 2002, but developer K. Hovnanian abandoned plans to develop housing on the site in 2007.

Now, the city is working with Birdsall Engineering and Langan Engineering & Environmental Services to transform the long-abandoned property.

DeMarzo said three-dimensional renderings of the project will be on display as part of the presentation.

"Feedback from the Community Advisory Board and the public will be used to refine the project," DeMarzo said.

"It's truly a legacy project that's going to create tax revenue," DeMarzo said, adding it should also create jobs, open space and green energy.

Community Advisory Board Chairman Richard Shaffer said he had seen some of the presentation and urged residents to take a look.

Shaffer said he used solar panels at his Gloucester County home and supported the city's decision to pursue the solar bay project.

"I'm a big fan of solar and wind power as well," Shaffer said.

He said the open space aspect will provide residents and visitors places to walk, ride their bikes and enjoy the outdoors.

"It's wonderful," he said.

The board meeting will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. in City Hall.

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