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Brookline businesses at St. Mary's celebrate construction's end

Posted by Brock Parker  September 30, 2013 02:10 PM

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The St. Mary’s commercial district will celebrate the end of a three-year sewer project with a block party and a taco-eating contest this Saturday.

The celebration Saturday, Oct. 5, from noon to 6 p.m. will mark the end of major construction from a sewer separation project that caused headaches for motorists, businesses and neighbors near the St. Mary’s T stop.

The project separated storm drains from sewer lines to prevent sewage from spilling into the Charles River. The work was part of the federal court-ordered cleanup of Boston Harbor, according to the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, which is worked with the town on the project.

The major construction finished over summer, according to the town's economic development office.

To celebrate the end of the construction, the commercial district is holding a block party featuring food and live entertainment.

Mission Cantina will hold taco eating contests and will provide a mariachi band for the event. O’Learys will also have live Irish Music, and other merchants joining in the celebration will be Whole Foods, The Wine Press, Down Under Yoga, which will have its grand opening, Temptations Café, Kolgian Rug, Sichuan Gourmet and Economy Hardware.

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