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Brownfields

A key component of economic development is to identify and market available real estate in Waterbury. In order to make use of available land, Waterbury Development Corporation (WDC), the City of Waterbury, and Brownfield Consultant, Arthur Bogen, have engaged in aggressive measures to make targeted Brownfield sites available for re-development.

Brownfields Project Mission Statement
The mission of the Waterbury Development Corporation Brownfields Project is to categorize City-wide brownfields in order to determine the conditions that may have impeded the reuse of the sites; determine the human health and ecological health risks; estimate the cost of remediating individual sites; and when possible, acquire and remediate a site.
WDC will conduct environmental assessments of brownfield sites in Waterbury and will analyze the results with the appropriate environmentalists.  The desired outcomes are clean, safe sites available for reuse thereby creating new jobs and tax revenue.

 Current WDC Brownfield Projects
The WDC has assessed selected sites under an Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant and a grant from the CT Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD).  The following sites are the current projects:

  • 16 Cherry Avenue
  • 167 Maple Street
  • 128 North Elm 
  • 132 North Elm
  • 18 Parcels on East Main Street
  • 1713 Thomaston Avenue  
  • 1046 South Main Street
  • 1200 South Main Street
  • Corner of South Main & Platt's Mill Road
  • Parcel on Highland Avenue
  • 524 Lakewood Road
  • Mattaco, Inc. - 1981 East Main Street
  • **EPA is conducting a Targeted Site Assessment on 777 South Main Street


Overview  

Brownfield sites proposed for assessment must be approved by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and in some instances the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP).  WDC has completed Grant Applications and the Eligibility Determinations for Assessment for EPA review in order to implement the awarded EPA Assessment Grant. 
As part of our community outreach and business attraction initiatives, WDC created Project Partners which is a collaboration of area professional who represent diverse City groups.  Meeting topics will focus on assessment results and the impact on both the community and the environment.  Members of Project Partners will communicate these results, impacts, and future uses of the brownfield sites to their communities.  The first meeting was held October 1, 2009 and will continue on a quarterly basis.

Further questions may be directed to:
Arthur Bogen
Project Consultant
Down to Earth, LLC
abogen@downtoearthconsulting.com