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Downtown Brownfields Redevelopment, Torrington, CT
HRP provided consulting services for a Downtown Brownfields Assessment Program. The program, funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is an integral part of the revitalization of this city’s central business district.
The initial properties investigated were the Church Street Dam, the Kelley Bus Company, and the Torin Corp. A second round of properties included Stone Container, 52 Wolcott Street, the Quality Building, an assemblage of historic Main Street properties, a former gasoline filling station, a proposed healthcare facility, and a former Register Citizen industrial property. The scope of work completed for these sites included an Phase I environmental site assessment and, in most cases, a Phase II subsurface investigation. The Phase II was followed in each case by the preparation of a preliminary remedial cost estimate, which included typical remediation scenarios for the subsurface and also building abatement issues to accommodate proposed changes to each site as part of redevelopment.
HRP has continued to provide the City with technical assistance, along with promoting awareness of Brownfields issues to residents, including attendance at a congressional tour of the project area. We are currently serving as the Qualified Environmental Professional for the City in managing their Revolving Loan Fund (RLF). Our duties include developing an applications procedure; reviewing assessments, QAPPs and clean up strategies; overseeing remediation activities; engaging the community; and ensuring that reporting is regularly updated. Of particular note, we assisted the City on a “Developers Day” to promote the City and the RLF and other funding mechanisms available to them. In addition, we have assisted the City Police Athletic League (PAL) with planning to redevelop underutilized urban properties with community athletic facilities to spur community and economic activity in the downtown district.