281 Canal Street, Shelton

Project type: Abatement & Cleanup Planning

Activities: NVCOG’s Revolving Loan Fund Committee has approved a loan of $748,250 to 281 Canal Shelton, LLC to conduct cleanup activities at the former Ascom Hasler facility. The 1.87-acre site, located along the Housatonic River in downtown Shelton historically operated as a crucible and wire manufacturing facility, and currently contains a vacant, 82,000 square-foot structure. Redevelopment plans call for a new four story, mixed-income residential building that will contain approximately 130 apartments. 

Project Status: NVCOG and 281 Canal Shelton, LLC have signed a commitment letter and expect to sign a loan agreement in early summer.

Public Meeting: Representatives from NVCOG, the City of Shelton, and 281 Canal Shelton, LLC invite members of the public to attend an information meeting to present key updates on upcoming work and answer inquiries regarding environmental cleanup activities. The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 27, 2024, at 6:30 PM and will be held in the auditorium in Shelton City Hall, located at 54 Hill Street, Shelton, CT 06484.  Click here for additional information.

0/113 Canal Street, Shelton

Project type: Cleanup Planning

Activities: NVCOG’s Revolving Loan Fund Committee awarded the city of Shelton a $400,000 subgrant for remedial activities at adjacent parcels along Canal Street that contains the remnants the former Samarius Electronic Corporation, Chromium Process, and Axton Cross industrial complexes. Redevelopment plans call for the construction of a mixed-use development incorporating more than 100 mixed-income apartments and 1,745 square-feet of commercial space within Shelton’s downtown district. Redevelopment plans also include a publicly accessible outdoor area and new walkway connecting to the Shelton Riverwak. The city of Shelton and NVCOG have executed a subaward agreement.

Project Status: The city of Shelton and NVCOG have executed a subaward agreement. Arcadis has been retained to oversee ongoing environmental activities.

199 Water Street – 229 Church Street, Torrington

Project type: Cleanup Planning

Activities: NVCOG’s Revolving Loan Fund Committee loaned Pay Dirt, LLC a loan of $225,000 to conduct cleanup activities at the former Hotchkiss Brothers Company facility located at 199 Water Street and 229 Church Street, Torrington. Redevelopment plans for the 3.29-acre site call for the rehabilitation of two and demolition of five existing structures to create a mixed-use residential project consisting of 155 apartments, 14,000 square feet of commercial space, and several community amenities, and incorporate a planned extension of the Naugatuck River Greenway along the western portion of the property.

Project Status: The developers and NVCOG have executed a loan agreement. Environmental activities are underway.

272 River Street, Waterbury

Project Type: Cleanup Planning

NVCOG’s Revolving Loan Fund Committee has subgranted Waterbury Development Corporation $100,000 for cleanup planning at 272 River Street, Waterbury. Funding would be used to close out the remaining data gaps, remedial design planning, and post-remedial monitoring. The 0.77-acre site is located within an urban area within the south end of Waterbury and is surrounded by a mix of residential, commercial, and industrial properties. The Mad River bisects the entire parcel, and upon completion of remedial activities, the city has proposed to conserve the property as recreational space.

835 South Main Street, Waterbury

Project Type: Cleanup Planning

NVCOG’s Revolving Loan Fund Committee subgranted the Waterbury Development Corporation $350,000 for cleanup activities at 835 South Main Street, Waterbury, also known as the former A Benedict Company and the Waterbury Button Factory. Funding will be used for cleanup planning, developing remedial design plans, LEP oversight, and post-remediation monitoring. Existing environmental reports indicate the elevated presence of hazardous materials. All existing structures were demolished after a fire that occurred in early 2023. As part of the Mad River Redevelopment Corridor, the city of Waterbury has identified this parcel as a priority for redevelopment and is the recipient of $9,000,000 in state and federal funding. Once redeveloped as mixed-use, this project is expected to include housing and commercial space for jobs generated upon the successful revitalization of the former Anamet complex.
 
Project Status: Environmental documentation is currently under review.

280 Elm Street, Naugatuck

Project Type: Cleanup Planning

NVCOG’s Revolving Loan Fund Committee has subgranted the Borough of Naugatuck $350,000 to remove an estimated 60,000 cubic yards of contaminated soils at the 76-acre former Uniroyal industrial complex via excavation and capping at 280/0 Elm Street. The Borough acquired the site in 2022 and subsequently received a Stewardship Permit from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, assigned the former owner – chemical manufacturer Lanxess, responsibility for all environmental cleanup. This funding will supplement extensive, secured investment, including $3,000,000 from Connecticut’s Community Investment Fund and $6,000,000 from the Borough. Critically, Lanxess has provided nearly $16,000,000 in private funding toward remedial activities. Roadway construction is expected to begin on portions of the site shortly. Upon completion, the site will house a portion of the Naugatuck Industrial Park, yielding millions in private investment and the cleanup of a site immediately adjacent to the Naugatuck River. 

170 Freight Street & 00 West Main Street, Waterbury

 

Project Type: Cleanup Planning

NVCOG’s Revolving Loan Fund has sub-granted The Waterbury Development Corporation $350,000.00 for cleanup planning, remediation, and abatement activities at a single parcel, 170 Freight Street & 000 West Main Street, also known as the former Anaconda-American Brass Company site. Funding would be used to develop the Property and to create an interim and final Remediation Action Plan to guide abatement activities in preparation for the demolition of existing structures. Any remaining funds will be used for remedial activities and site monitoring on the Property. 
 
The parcel is part of the larger Freight Street Redevelopment Strategy, a road map developed by the City of Waterbury (City) to facilitate the transformation of the Freight Street District into a vibrant, mixed-use neighborhood. The Freight Street District totals approximately 70 acres and is located adjacent to the region’s most critical transportation infrastructure, including I-84, Route 8, and the Waterbury Branch rail line. Over the last four years, the City has made tremendous strides in improving infrastructure in the area, including the reconstruction of Freight Street, the extension of Jackson Street, and streetscape improvements on Meadow Street that will link the Freight Street District with Downtown Waterbury. Similarly, proposed improvements on the Waterbury Branch rail line present an opportunity for future transit-oriented development. The redevelopment of the Freight Street District complements ongoing revitalization efforts in Downtown Waterbury, including its adjacency to the Naugatuck Greenway trail.
 

Site specific end-use includes a mixed-use development with both market-rate and affordable housing.

Project Status: Demolition is complete with environmental activities ongoing. 

143 Wolcott Road, Wolcott

Project Type: Assessment

Activities: NVCOG assisted the Town of Wolcott obtain a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment. NVCOG has secured a site access agreement, and DTE, the selected environmental firm has produced the Phase I report.

Project Status: NVCOG staff is assisting Wolcott facilitate a property transfer. 

300 Broad Street, Bristol

Project type: Assessment

Activities: The Regional Brownfield Partnership awarded 300 Broad Street Properties LLC. $83,000 in petroleum assessment funds to conduct environmental assessment activities inside the combined 175,000 square-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 and 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. Once complete, the property owners intend to rehabilitate existing interior space to modern manufacturing, 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 secured an award of $3.7 million from the Department and Economic and Community Development to abate and remediate four existing buildings on the 23-acre site. DECD, NVCOG, and 300 Broad Street Properties LLC. expect to execute an assistance agreement in Spring 2024. Environmental activities, overseen by SLR International, are ongoing.

67-71 Minerva Street, Derby

Project Type: Assessment & Cleanup

Activities: NVCOG’s Revolving Loan Fund Committee awarded the city of Derby $293,000 to conduct remedial activities at a vacant autobody shop. The site is located along the Naugatuck River, within a Transit-Oriented Development area and in close proximity to other downtown redevelopment projects. Supplemented by a $650,000 grant from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), these grants will leverage approximately $15 million in private investments to build a mixed-use space with 90 high-quality one and two-bedroom apartments with ground-floor commercial space and additional parking. 

 

Project Status: Derby has signed an agreement with BL Companies to oversee the remaining remedial activities. The Developer, Cedar Village Minerva Square, and Brennan Construction, LLC have selected a contractor to complete abatement and construction services. Vertical construction has begun and will continue throughout the Fall of 2024.

 

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