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May 14, 2021

EPA awards grants to clean up Riverfront Recapture, New Britain sites

Two Hartford-area projects will get federal brownfields funding to clean up contaminated land for development, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Thursday.

Riverfront Recapture, a nonprofit that manages riverside parks, was awarded a $500,000 Brownfields Program grant to clean up riverfront parcels on Leibert Road in Hartford and Meadow Road in Windsor. The land was used in the past for industry and agriculture and is contaminated with pesticides and other toxins.

"We are extremely grateful to the EPA for their support of our new park, regional trail connection, and commercial development in Hartford and Windsor,” Riverfront Recapture CEO Michael Zaleski said.

Riverfront Recapture plans to redevelop a total of 60 acres of riverfront land on the Hartford-Windsor town line for recreation, with new trails, open green spaces, piers and docks.

The city of New Britain got $300,000 from the EPA for environmental site assessments, reuse and cleanup plans for a corridor connecting New Britain to Hartford. Three priority sites include Israel Putnam Elementary School, St. Thomas Aquinas High School and the former Burritt Bank property.

“It would be challenging to make redevelopment happen in New Britain without Brownfields money, so we are thankful for this grant as we continue to beautify our city,” said New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart.

The Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments also got EPA grants to clean up contaminated sites, including the former Anamet brass mill and Waterbury Button Company in Waterbury’s South End and a former brass rolling mill located in the city’s freight district. 

The EPA awarded $66.5 million in brownfields funding in this round to a total of 151 communities nationwide.

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