420 Main Street, Ansonia
The City of Ansonia submitted a pre-application for assessment funding. NVCOG reviewed the site and submitted an eligibility determination request to EPA based on the site's apparent potential for EPA funding eligibility through NVCOG's FY 2016 EPA Assessment Grant. EPA approved the site for assessment funding February 21, 2017. NVCOG released a Request for Proposals (RFP) through the Regional Brownfields Partnership (RBP) shortlist March 7, 2017. Submittals were due 2pm Friday, April 7. AECOM was selected to complete assessment activities.
Project Status: Assessment Activites in Progress.
17-19 Henry Healey Drive and 520 Main Street Ansonia (Road Ready Used Cars)
NVCOG awarded a $400,000 loan to Road Ready Used Cars through NVCOG's EPA Revolving Loan Fund to remediate and reuse a former car dealership south of downtown Ansonia. Financing was made possible in part by the Abandoned Brownfield Cleanup program, a liability relief program that provides more certainty to developers and banks in the resolution of environmental matters on sites with limited existing environmental conditions. The project is bringing new life to a long vacant building through energy efficient and environmentally responsible reuse. The time and energy invested in this project will ensure the environmental health and safety of the nearby Naugatuck River. The intelligient business model and dedicated management of the new business will provide high quality, well paying jobs to residents of the region for years to come. Working closely with the site LEP, Cody-Ehlers Group, with CT DEEP, EPA, and the owner, NVCOG staff will continue overseeing the project through completion.
Project Status: Construction Complete. Compliance monitoring in progress. Check it out today! Road Ready Used Cars
251 Roosevelt Drive, Derby
The City of Derby requested NVCOG assistance in the development of an application to DECD brownfield assessment funding. NVCOG was awarded an $85,000 CT DECD grant to conduct a Phase II and potential Phase III assessment. The environmental assessment is intended to explore the site's potential for reuse and identify any existing environmental conditions. NVCOG staff prepared an application to the state's Abandoned Brownfield Cleanup (ABC) program; the application was approved on August 5, 2016. The ABC is a CT DECD and CT DEEP liability relief program that provides more certainty to developers interested in remediating and redeveloping sites believed to have relatively minor environmental conditions. The developer must not be responsible for contamination and the proposed project must meet certain economic development thresholds with remediation completed under a formal CT DEEP program.
The current environmental assesment project fulfilled requirements of the ABC program and informed entry into a CT DEEP Voluntary Remediation Program (VRP).
Project Status: Construction complete. Compliance monitoring in progress, tasting room open. Raise a glass to BAD SONS!
O'Sullivan's Island, Derby
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 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 and 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 remediation strategies on the site.
Project Status: Development of environmental remediation strategy in progress.
Fishing and Viewing Platform at O'Sullivan's Island Recreation Park, Derby
A $325,000 grant has been awarded by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) on behalf of the Connecticut Housatonic Natural Resource Trustee Council to construct an accessible fishing and viewing platform at O’Sullivan’s Island Recreation Park.
In the coming years, NVCOG, the City of Derby, and our partners will continue making O’Sullivan’s Island safer, cleaner, and more accessible for all who enjoy fishing, walking, biking, boating, and spending time in this singular place at the union of two rivers.
Project Status: Design and Engineering
6 Rubber Avenue, Naugatuck (Former General Datacomm Building)
The NVCOG Revolving Loan Fund Committee awarded the Borough of Naugatuck $100,000 toward remediation at the former General Datacomm facility. The Borough proposes to utilize this funding to address needs on the ground floor. The Naugatuck Entertainment Center space will provide popular pop-up events like Naugatuck's Custom Car & Motorcyle Show with an improved venue. Public comments on the draft Analysis of Brownfield Cleanup Alternatives and Community Relations Plan documents may be submitted through Friday, February 9, 2018. See the following link for more information: Public Notice
Project Status: Public comment period in process.
44 Chapel Street, Waterbury
NVCOG was awarded a $100,000 DECD grant to conduct environmental assessments and develop remediation strategies on the site.
Project Status: Development of next steps in progress.
Waterbury Industrial Commons (1875 Thomaston Avenue)
NVCOG's Revolving Loan Fund Committee awarded the City of Waterbury $173,000 to continue project work at Waterbury Industrial Commons (WIC). WIC is a testament to the City of Waterbury's committment to supporting advanced manufacturing and well paying jobs in the region. The undertaking has leveraged tens of millions from the Department of Defense and private investment. An NVCOG EPA Revolving Loan Fund grant targeted cleanup of contaminated soils. The City has since submitted an application for assessment activities at the north end of the site. A Request for Proposals through the RBP Shortlist was released Thursday, October 12.
Project Status: Cleanup activities ongoing. Assessment contractor will be announced week of December 11, 2017.
0 French Street, Watertown
The Town of Watertown submitted a pre-application for assessment funding. NVCOG reviewed the site and submitted an eligibility determination request to EPA based on the site's apparent potential for EPA funding eligibility through NVCOG's FY 2016 EPA Assessment Grant. EPA approved the site for assessment funding December 21, 2016. NVCOG released a Request for Proposals (RFP) through the Regional Brownfields Partnership (RBP) shortlist January 17. Submittals were due 2pm Thursday, February 16.
Project Status: Assessment activities in progress.