May 2, 2014
Deal Watch Today

EPA nod makes Hartford's Capewell redo a 'go'

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The Capewell Horsenail factory in Hartford.

The $26 million conversion of the idle Capewell Horsenail Factory in Hartford's South End into affordable apartments can begin now that federal environmental regulators have approved a toxic-cleanup scheme for the brownfield site, authorities say.

Hartford nonprofit The Corporation for Independent Living Inc. announced Friday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency blessed its plan to encapsulate the PCB-laced concrete flooring inside the derelict edifice at 70 Popieluszko Court, at the corner of Charter Oak Avenue.

The building, vacant in the Sheldon-Oak neighborhood since 1987, would contain 72 mixed-income units and commercial office space.

As previously reported, EPA approval was one of the last hurdles for CIL's for-profit development arm to acquire clear title the property and to begin conversion, said CEO Martin Legault. The next step is for CIL to acquire and extinguish hundreds of thousands of dollars of outstanding city tax liens.

Legault said Friday that CIL Development this week took the city's place in a pending tax-foreclosure by settling $375,000 in unpaid taxes on the property. CIL will gain title to Capewell on May 12, the final foreclosure law date, then must hold a loan closing with its lenders, he said.

That next day, remediation work, followed by construction, will begin at the site, Legault said.

CIL Development is its own contractor. Hartford's Crosskey Architects is the designer.

"We're excited to be one step closer to realizing the dream of restoring the Capewell Factory," Legault said. "For too long it has been a symbol of decay and neglect.''

Under the cleanup plan, CIL Development Inc. and its remediation adviser, Environmental Partners LLC, propose sealing the contaminated flooring beneath a fresh layer of concrete.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy also wrote to EPA, urging approval of CIL's cleanup application.

"The restoration of this historic structure has been a goal of both the City of Hartford, and as a blighted property within our capital city, of the State of Connecticut, for many years,'' Malloy wrote. "All past proposals for restoration of the property have been abandoned because of the costs involved in remediating the PCB contamination."

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