May 10, 2019

Five Central Mass. projects split $784K in brownfield funding

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A former power plant site off Westminster Street in Fitchburg will be cleaned thanks to $250,000 in state funding.

The Baker Administration has given $784,000 to five sites in four Central Massachusetts communities to help clean contaminated properties.

The so-called brownfield sites are in Clinton, Fitchburg, Gardner and North Brookfield. Funding announced Friday by the state totaled $2.6 million for 13 cites across Massachusetts.

In Fitchburg, $250,000 will be used to clean contaminated soil and groundwater at a former power plant along the North Nashua River at 465 Westminster St. At the former B.F. Brown School in downtown Fitchburg, $20,000 will be used to assess the structure as work progresses to turn it into a 60-unit development called the Fitchburg Arts Community.

In Gardner, $350,000 will clean a longtime industrial site still contaminated with petroleum in its soil and groundwater. The Gardner Redevelopment Authority plans to market the site for commercial or industrial use after the clean-up takes place.

The former Aztec Asbestos site at 14 South Common in North Brookfield will be cleaned with help of $88,430 in state funds. The town hopes to reuse the site as an expansion of its town center business district.

Clinton has received $76,000 to help clean the eight-acre former Rockbestos-Suprenant site on Sterling Street.

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