698 South Main Street, Waterbury

Project Type: Cleanup Planning

Activities: NVCOG’s Revolving Loan Fund Committee has awarded the Waterbury Development Corporation a subgrant for $277,000, joining an initial award of $200,000 to facilitate cleanup planning and remedial activities at 698 South Main Street, Waterbury. This 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, rebuilding with mixed-use, and adding a 0.45-mile expansion of the Naugatuck River Greenway, a multi-use trail that will provide opportunities for exercise, active transportation, and recreation while raising property values and connecting regional economic corridors. The Anamet complex is the subject of extensive ongoing investment, including $10,000,000 from state and local partners. Once completed, the site is expected to yield $100,000,000 in private investment.  

Project Status:  Environmental assessment activities within the high-bay building are complete. Demolition of mutiple buildings is complete, allowing remedial activities to begin. A Request for Proposals to secure a developer will be released in the coming months.

526 North Main Street, Waterbury

Project Type: Assessment

Activities:  The Regional Brownfield Partnership has awarded

NEST, formerly the Neighborhood Housing Services of Waterbury a $100,000 subgrant for environmental assessment activities at 526 North Main Street, Waterbury.  The proposed redevelopment of this former industrial site consists of a 100+ unit apartment building with commercial space on the first two floors. NVCOG’s portion of environmental testing is complete; however, the Neighborhood Housing Services of Waterbury have decided to fund supplemental testing to close out data gaps privately. Elevated levels of

PCBs, PAHs, and asbestos have been identified. 


Project Status: Assessment work is complete and an LEP has provided remedial cost estimates. NVCOG will assist NEST secure cleanup funding.

359 Mill Street, Waterbury (Brass City Harvest)

 

Project Type: Cleanup Planning

Activities: NVCOG’s Revolving Loan Fund Committee has awarded the Waterbury Development Corporation a $86,000 sub-grant to assist with State remedial closeout requirements at 359 Mill Street, Waterbury. 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. 

 

Recently, NVCOG granted a supplemental award of $285,000 to conduct cleanup planning at two adjacent, vacant parcels at Lot #19 and 777 South Main Street. Once remediated, these parcels will house an expanded marketplace and new greenhouses. Environmental requirements include groundwater sampling and monitoring, as well as closeout reports.

 

Project Status: Phase I of remedial activities is completed. The Waterbury Development Corporation has selected an WSP USA to complete Phase II of the project, including remedial design and soil and groundwater remediation on Lot #19 and 777 South Main Street. A site-specific Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) was approved by EPA in May. BSC Group has completed conceptual design plans and WDC is coordinating with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection to secure required permits. 

130 Freight Street, Waterbury

Project Type: Cleanup Planning

Assessment Activities: NVCOG’s Revolving Loan Fund Committee awarded the Waterbury Development Corporation a $200,000 sub-grant for cleanup planning activities at 130 Freight Street, Waterbury. Funds at the former Anaconda American Brass factory will be applied for assessment, cleanup planning, and environmental professional services on site. The site is included in the City of Waterbury’s Master Plan for the Freight Street District, in which mixed-rate residential units, commercial space and industrial space. A portion of the site will be maintained as green space. Environmental activities have commenced on site. The City has secured additional funding for demolishing the neighboring building, which will be considered a separate project.

Project Status: Demolition is complete with environmental activities ongoing. 

318 North Main Street, Southington

Project Type: Remediation

Activities: 318 North Main LLC. received a $400,000 loan through the Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments (NVCOG) EPA Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) for cleanup activities at 318 North Main Street, Southington, also known as the former Aetna Match Factory and Beaton & Corbin facility. 

Project Status: Construction is nearly complete with the final layer of paving underway. Two new buildings, totaling 14,900 square feet, will host a variety of tenants, including medical offices and a daycare.

0 Andrew Avenue, Naugatuck

Project Type: Cleanup Planning 

Activities: The Borough of Naugatuck was sub-granted $200,000 and an additional $350,000 for cleanup planning and remedial activities at the former Risdon Manufacturing site. Environmental data collected on site will help the Borough of Naugatuck determine redevelopment options for future reuse.  

Project Status:  Environmental Site Assessment Activities are complete. Reports have been reviewed by the Borough of Naugatuck and NVCOG staff. The Borough of Naugatuck issued a request for proposals and selected a subcontractor to preform cleanup activities, including the excavation and removal of contaminated soils. 

Public Meeting: NVCOG hosted a public information meeting on April 27, 2023 to present key updates on upcoming work and answer inquiries regarding cleanup at 0 Andrew Avenue, Naugatuck, CT. 

SLR International Consulting has produced a Community Relations Plan and Analysis of Brownfield Cleanup Alternatives. Copies are available by clicking on the links above and at Naugatuck Town Hall. 

1 Main Street, Berlin

Project Type: Assessment

Activities: The Regional Brownfield Partnership issued a sub-grant to the Town of Berlin $46,800 for a Phase III environmental site assessment in order to close data gaps at the vacant 1.61-acre property.

Project Status: Fuss & O’Neill completed groundwater monitoring activities and provided an addendum to the original Remediation Action Plan. Berlin will use the results to secure a developer for the site. 

Derby O’Sullivan’s Island

Derby O'Sullian Island

Project Type: DECD funded – Environmental Sampling and U.S. Fish and Wildlife funded – Engineering/Construction

Activities:

Environmental Assessment Activities include Phase I and Phase II Environmental Assessment Activities while U.S. Fish and Wildlife funded activities includes the Design, Engineering, and Construction of a Fishing and Viewing Platform

O’Sullivan’s Island is a peninsula at the confluence of the Housatonic and Naugatuck Rivers, located south of Derby’s downtown commercial district. While vehicles and trains pass nearby, the site offers a welcome moment of quiet among trees along the waterfront. Enveloped by structure, water, and sky, O’Sullivan’s Island is one of the most interesting and naturally beautiful pieces of land in the lower Naugatuck Valley. It is also one of the most challenging brownfield locations NVCOG has had the opportunity to improve.

Over the last decade, NVCOG’s Environmental Planner Arthur Bogen, Ricardo Rodriguez and Executive Director Rick Dunne have been significant players in the orchestration of funding contributions and work completed by the City of Derby and the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development. O’Sullivan’s Island Recreation Park opened to the public for the first time in over twenty years in 2009. In 2013 the City of Derby completed its portion of the Naugatuck River Greenway trail that runs across the site’s northern edge.

NVCOG was awarded a $200,000 DECD grant to conduct environmental assessments and develop (if needed) remediation strategies on the site. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) on behalf of the Connecticut Housatonic Natural Resource Trustee Council awarded NVCOG $325,000 to construct an accessible fishing and viewing platform at O’Sullivan’s Island Recreation Park.

Project Status:  DECD – Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessment complete. The handicapped-accessible fishing and viewing platform is now open to the public. 

Main Street South, Derby

 

Project Type: Assessment

Activities: Environmental Site Assessments on 4 parcels: 

  • 2 Factory Street
  • 23 Factory Street
  • 90 Main Street
  • 0 Water Street

The City of Derby received multiple inquiries from private parties regarding city-owned parcels south of Main Street. These parcels have long been part of Derby’s central design district and are approved for high-density, mixed-use development. The City requested NVCOG apply on its behalf for funding through the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development’s (CT DECD) Municipal Grant Program.

NVCOG was awarded $200,000 to conduct assessment activities in the Derby Main Street South project area. Environmental assessment activities will support the construction of local roads in the area and will target parcels most ready for development. The assessment project is critical to the success of the City of Derby’s $5 million Urban Act grant, which will directly fund construction of local roads and infrastructure. 

Project Status: A Request for Proposals (RFP) for a Licensed Environmental Professional (LEP) for assessment services was sent to NVCOG’s  pre-qualified short list. Five proposals received. The RBP Project Selection Committee invited Arcadis to enter contract negotiations.

 To date, Arcadis has produced:

  • 2 Factory Street – Phase I, Phase II, and Hazardous Building Material Survey
  • 23 Factory Street – Phase I, Phase II, and Hazardous Building Material Survey
  • 90 Main Street – Phase I and Hazardous Building Material Survey
  • 0 Water Street – Phase I

Documents: Derby Main Street South Request for Proposals