143 Wolcott Road, Wolcott

Project Type: Assessment

Activities: The town has requested assistance obtaining a Phase I environmental site assessment. NVCOG has secured a site access agreement. DTE, the selected environmental firm has produced a phase I report. 

Project Status: NVCOG staff is assisting the Town to facilitate a property transfer. 

300 Broad Street, Bristol

Project type: Assessment

Activities: The Regional Brownfield Partnership has awarded 300 Broad Street Properties LLC. $83,000 in petroleum assessment funds to conduct environmental assessment activities inside the combined 175,000 foot facility and surrounding footprint. The site was historically used for a variety of manufacturing and industrial purposes. The century-old manufacturing complex was constructed in 1915 by Wallace Barnes Company and last occupied by Theis Precision Steel until 2019. The now-vacant parcel was acquired by private developers in 2022. A conceptual RAP, supported by Phase II and Phase III reports valued expected remedial costs between $1 million and $3 million. Staff is assisting the property owners to secure additional state funding with the intention to rehabilitate existing interior space to modern manufacturing, industrial, and warehouse facilities. Invested funds are expected to leverage several million dollars in private funding and create dozens of full-time, high-paying jobs.  

Project Status: NVCOG has responded to DECD’s Round 17 funding announcement with a $3.7 million application to fill the remaining, limited environmental data gaps  and complete remedial activities.  

67-71 Minerva Street, Derby

Project Type: Assessment

Activities: Through NVCOG’s fiscal year 2016 and Connecticut Brownfield Land Bank’s fiscal year 2019 assessment grants, the City of Derby was awarded $293,000 for the remediation of a former, and currently vacant, autobody shop. The site is located along the Naugatuck River, within a Transportation Oriented Development area and in close proximity to other downtown redevelopment projects. These grants will leverage an approximately $12 million investment from the developer who will build a mixed-use space with 90 one and two bedroom apartments.

Project Status: Derby has signed an agreement with BL Companies to oversee remaining remedial activities. Construction is expected to begin by August, 2023.

Public Meeting: NVCOG held a public meeting to present key updates on upcoming work and answer public inquiries about the project. The presented documents are available below. 

67-71 Minerva & 47 Caroline St. Derby CPR

67-71 Minerva Street, 147 Caroline Street ABCA

698 South Main Street, Waterbury

Project Type: Cleanup Planning

Activities: The Revolving Loan Fund Committee of NVCOG has awarded the Waterbury Redevelopment Corporation a $200,000 sub-grant for cleanup planning at 698 South Main Street, Waterbury. This large property nestled between the Naugatuck and Mad Rivers was once the campus of the Anamet network of factory buildings. The City of Waterbury’s plan for this site includes repurposing the 200,000 square foot building back into light industrial and demolishing the remaining dilapidated factories, rebuilding with mixed use, and incorporating the strip of land alongside the Naugatuck into the Naugatuck River Greenway. This multiuse trail will provide opportunities for exercise, active transportation, and recreation while raising property values and connecting regional economic corridors. New tax revenue will be generated, and it is estimated the cleanup/post remediation jobs will be 50-150 full and/or part-time jobs. The city is currently using $3 million in State grants to prep the site for redevelopment.

Project Status: Environmental assessment activities within the high-bay building are complete, and ongoing across the remainder of the site. Remedial activities have commenced. The City has demolished the remaining three buildings on site. An RFP to select a developer is live. 

526 North Main Street, Waterbury

Project Type: Assessment

Activities: The Regional Brownfield Partnership has awarded the Neighborhood Housing Services of Waterbury $100,000 for environmental assessment activities at 526 North Main Street, Waterbury. Data will be used to determine the level of remediation (if any) needed on site. The proposed redevelopment of this former industrial site consists of a 100+ unit apartment building with commercial space on the first two floors.

Project Status: A mandatory site walk was held on March 23rd.  The Regional Brownfield Partnership Board selected Arcadis to preform environmental testing, which has revealed the presence of PCBs, PAHs, and asbestos. A Phase I report and Quality Assurance Project Plan have been completed, with a Phase II report expected soon. 

359 Mill Street, Waterbury (Brass City Harvest)

Project Type: Cleanup Planning

Activities: The Revolving Loan Fund Committee of NVCOG has awarded the Waterbury Development Corporation a $86,000 sub-grant to assist with State remedial closeout requirements at 359 Mill Street. The Site, also known as the Brass City Harvest, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that uses urban agriculture to build self-reliance skills, empower residents to modify their dietary behaviors, and increase fresh food access points in the community. This food hub now infuses more than 200,000 pounds of fresh, locally grown food into the community each year.

Environmental requirements include groundwater sampling and monitoring as well as closeout reports.

Project Status: Steps towards providing the additional assessment work on site have commenced with the initiation of the Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP). Environmental work is anticipated the start mid-Spring 2022. 

313 Mill Street, Waterbury

Project Type: Cleanup Planning

Activities: The Revolving Loan Fund Committee of NVCOG has awarded the Waterbury Development Corporation a $200,000 sub-grant to assist with assessment activities in means of closing any data gaps at 313 Mill Street. These funds are meant to supplement the $3 million already granted to the City of Waterbury from the State for remedial and construction activities. The City of Waterbury has proposed to redevelop the site as a Base Ball Park for the local community.

Project Status: Steps towards providing the additional assessment work on site have commenced with the initiation of the Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP). Environmental work commenced in October, 2022.

Mad River, Waterbury

River and Building

Project Type: Cleanup

NVCOG oversaw a $500,000 grant for assessment and remediation across multiple parcels on behalf of the Waterbury Development Corporation (WDC). The remaining funds were allocated to conduct clean-up activities at Lot 19, where Brass City Harvest has constructed a regional food hub for cleaning and preparing locally-grown foods for distribution.

Project Status: Remediation activities have been completed.

130 Freight Street, Waterbury

Project Type: Cleanup Planning

Assessment Activities: NVCOG’s Revolving Loan Fund Committee awarded the Waterbury Development Corporation at $200,000 sub-grant for cleanup planning activities at the the former Anaconda American Brass factory. Funding will be used for on-site assessment, cleanup planning, and environmental professional services. The site is a cornerstone of the City’s Freight Street District master plan. Grant and leveraged private funding will facilitate the creation of mixed rate residential units, commercial and industrial space, and new green spaces. 

Project Status: Environmental activities are ongoing. NVCOG has awarded supplemental funding to the Waterbury Development Corporation to address nearby Lot #9, where several greenhouses are proposed. 

909 Bank Street, Waterbury

Project Type: (Completed) Environmental Site Assessment and Remediation

Activities: The Brooklyn neighborhood of  recently celebrated the opening of a new park. Click here to learn more. 

 The Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments conducted an environmental assessment in order to facilitate potential site transfer of the former vacant property. Assessment work was funded by EPA petroleum funds through NVCOG’s FY2016 EPA Assessment grant, as approved by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and by U.S. EPA Region 1.

Upon completion of the assessment activities on site, the City of Waterbury was granted a $220,000 sub-awarded through NVCOG’s Revolving Loan Fund for remedial activities throughout the site. Remedial Activities were completed late 2020 with the Connecticut Department of Energy Environmental Protection providing a Voluntary Remediation Verification for the Site. The City of Waterbury has developed the site into a neighborhood “pocket” park. 

Project Status: Completed and open for use.