April 16, 2014

State awards $3.8M for brownfield investigation

Photo | Steve Laschever
Photo | Steve Laschever
Tim Sullivan is the first director the state has ever tasked with revitalizing brownfields into useful properties, including the Capewell Horse Nail factory in Hartford, which has received $2.5 million in public remediation funding.

The Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development awarded $3.8 million to 21 communities to investigate specific site ripe for brownfield remediation.

"These are really to do the early state prep work before the real remediation can begin," said Tim Sullivan, DECD director of brownfields, waterfront, and transit-oriented development. "This is sort of feeding the pipeline for the larger scale redevelopment projects."

Communities received up to $200,000 per site to discover key items such as how much the remediation will cost and what exactly needs to be done, Sullivan said.

The grants went to:

  • Hartford/Farmington — $55,000 for early-stage investigation of 86 acres of Batterson Park for redevelopment that will benefit Hartford and Farmington.
  • Hartford – $112,000 to conduct environmental investigation for a roadway connector from Bartholomew Avenue to Flatbush Avenue in the Parkville neighborhood.
  • Hartford – Capital Region Council of Governments — $200,000 to investigate 9.8 acres across two parcels in Hartford, on Windsor and Hawthorn streets, with potential for transit-oriented development, as well as conducting an inventory of additional brownfield sites that are candidates for redevelopment in conjunction with the state's investment in CTfastrak and the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield rail corridor.
  • Bethany — Regional Economic Xcelleration — $75,000 for the investigation of 29 acres on two parcels in Bethany that have the potential to support agricultural uses, as well as housing and research, lab, and training space.
  • Bridgeport — $200,000 for the investigation of 13.2 acres on two parcels, Remington Shaver and 60 Main Street, the site of a proposed mixed-use development with affordable housing and public open space.
  • Derby – Valley Council of Governments — $200,000 to investigate the site conditions at O'Sullivan's Island in Derby.
  • Enfield — $200,000 to assess 4.5 acres across seven parcels for potential commercial redevelopment and mixed-use transit-oriented development.
  • Meriden — $200,000 to assess 5.6 acres across three sites for of a proposed mixed-use, transit-oriented development project that includes the rehabilitation of public housing.
  • Middletown — $200,000 for the investigation of 12 acres on four sites in downtown Middletown, the site of a proposed mixed-use transit-oriented development project.
  • New Britain — $200,000 to assess the commercial redevelopment of a 2-acre parcel on Bosco Drive, the site of a proposed medical office building.
  • New Haven – Science Park Development Corporation — $200,000 to investigate 3.5 acres as part of the next phase of development in Science Park, the former Winchester Repeating Arms Factory, in New Haven.
  • New London — $200,000 to assess 6.8 acres across two downtown parcels for mixed-use redevelopment, including affordable housing.
  • Newtown — $200,000 to investigate 9 buildings on the Fairfield Hills campus.
  • Norwalk — $200,000 award to investigate a 4.9-acre site, currently a parking lot near the South Norwalk station, for the feasibility of mixed-use, transit-oriented development project.
  • Norwich — $200,000 to study 8.5 acres across five sites as part of the revitalization of the Shipping Street corridor.
  • Portland — $200,000 for assessing 5.3 acres on three sites adjacent to the Brownstone Exploration and Discovery Park for commercial and open space development.
  • Preston — $200,000 for the investigation of 13 buildings on the 393-acre Norwich Hospital campus prior to demolition and redevelopment of the full site for a variety of potential uses.
  • Shelton — $79,000 to study 1.7 acres known as the Rolfite property for mixed-use redevelopment.
  • Southbury – Valley Council of Governments — $200,000 to assess the baseline environmental conditions of the 449-acre Southbury Training School site in Southbury, done in conjunction with the Southbury Training School Task Force.
  • Thompson — $200,000 to investigate the 33-acre Belding Site for the feasibility of a mixed-use or commercial redevelopment.
  • Vernon — $200,000 for the investigation of 15.2 acres across five former mill sites in Rockville for multiple potential redevelopment uses.
  • Winchester — $100,000 to assess 2.7 acres across two sites for commercial redevelopment.
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