Norwich — Over the previous 5 years, town has used a federal environmental evaluation grant to review distinguished properties, from the derelict YMCA on Major Avenue and the previous American Legion in Laurel Hill to the previous Hebrew college on Church Avenue.
With the top of the grant interval looming and $35,879 remaining, Planning Director Deanna Rhodes is in search of industrial property homeowners interested by promoting or redeveloping properties with potential petroleum contamination or outdated underground tanks that pre-date their possession. The cash have to be spent by Sept. 30, the shut of the present federal fiscal yr.
The remaining cash is within the petroleum portion of the unique grant and can be utilized to do a part 1 examine, which incorporates doc analysis on the historical past of makes use of for the property and assessments of whether or not underground tanks could be current and eradicating them in the event that they pre-date the present property possession.
“We’re searching for small-sized non-residential properties,” Rhodes stated, “not large mill buildings. We’re prepared to talk with anybody who didn’t put the tanks within the floor.”
For data on this system or to use for a grant, contact town planning workplace at (860) 823-3766.
There could be no value to the property proprietor for the research, tank evaluation and elimination.
Rhodes stated part 1 historic use research value about $3,500 per property and could be useful to homeowners planning to promote their properties or submit proposals for reuse. The research are good for 120 days and may very well be up to date simply if no modifications have occurred, she stated.
Town acquired the unique grant in 2016, with $185,000 devoted to properties suspected to have petroleum contamination and $199,000 for properties suspected of getting hazardous supplies contamination.
Town Redevelopment Company administered the grant, with environmental consulting agency, Tighe & Bond, conducting the work in partnership with Three Rivers Group School. College students in Professor Diba Khan-Bureau’s environmental engineering and expertise program assisted within the research.
“It’s been good having them as a companion,” Rhodes stated.
The grant cash was used on properties all through town, together with municipal, personal and institutional initiatives. Town allotted $43,751 to evaluate potential constructing and grounds contamination on the Norwich portion of the previous Norwich Hospital property; $20,000 to evaluate a constructing on the former Thermos mill complicated for doable enlargement of the Built-in Day Constitution College; $13,500 for asbestos and concrete assessments on the former Hebrew college for redevelopment as a brew pub and $37,500 to evaluate hazardous supplies on the former YMCA on Major Avenue.
“That is form of our last-ditch effort to make the most of the remaining funds,” Rhodes stated. “It’s not a complete lot of cash, however we wish to attain out to the general public and see if there’s somebody we are able to help with the cash.”