For Immediate Release - September 21, 2010

PATRICK-MURRAY ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES SECOND ROUND OF THE BROWNFIELDS SUPPORT TEAM INITIATIVE

Six additional sites located across the Commonwealth will spur Brownfields cleanup and economic revitalization

SPRINGFIELD - Tuesday, September 21, 2010 - As part of the Patrick-Murray Administration's continuing efforts to promote long-term economic recovery, Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray announced today six new projects selected for assistance through the Patrick-Murray Administration's Brownfields Support Team (BST) Initiative. First launched in May 2008, the BST is a multi-agency initiative that emphasizes collaboration across agencies and with communities to help clean up challenging and complex contaminated sites and prepare them for redevelopment.

Round I of the BST achieved measurable results at all five sites, including the commitment of more than $8 million in funding by participating agencies for assessment, cleanup, demolition and infrastructure improvements. Given the pilot's tremendous success, the Patrick-Murray Administration has selected six additional Brownfields sites for Round II, which will lead to job creation and increased tax revenues for cities and towns.

"As we continue to focus on job creation and economic recovery, the Brownfield Support Team is a leading model that brings together the right resources and tools to assist communities in their redevelopment initiatives," said Governor Deval Patrick. "The first round of this pilot program proved very successful and we look forward to working with more cities and towns in their efforts to turn blighted sites into opportunities for future job growth and economic development."

"Our Administration is committed to partnering with cities and towns across the state as we work together to support the Commonwealth's economic recovery," said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray, who leads the Brownfields Support Team. "Redevelopment of these selected sites will lead to the revitalization of housing and economic development in transit-oriented locations, spur business growth in key downtown areas, and boost local and regional economies."

The Lieutenant Governor made today's announcement at the former Uniroyal/Facemate site in Chicopee, one of the six newly selected projects. The other sites are the Mill Street Corridor in Gardner; the former Kiley Barrel site in Somerville; the Katrina Road site in Chelmsford; a downtown redevelopment project in Attleboro; and a new city-wide brownfields assistance pilot in Brockton.

The BST Round II brings together staff from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED), the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency (MassDevelopment), and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) to help municipalities solve problems impeding the redevelopment of contaminated properties. Other state and federal agencies will also participate on these teams depending on the project needs. Additional agencies may include the Office of the Attorney General, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

The Brownfield Support Team Round II selected sites:

  • Uniroyal/Facemate Properties, Chicopee: The City of Chicopee has targeted the former Uniroyal and Facemate properties for redevelopment along the Chicopee River. For years these sites have posed public safety hazards, and redevelopment was complicated by contamination, including polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) oil, petroleum and asbestos. Redevelopment possibilities include a river walk that will connect the site to the downtown commercial district.
  • Mill Street Corridor Redevelopment, Gardner: The City of Gardner has prioritized the redevelopment of South Gardner, the former manufacturing employment center of the city. The city needs assistance with technical, legal and funding issues related to the municipally-owned former Garbose Metal Company property. Soil, groundwater, sediment and surface water at this property are contaminated with petroleum, metals and PCBs.
  • Katrina Road , Chelmsford : The Town of Chelmsford has prioritized the cleanup and redevelopment of the former Silicon Transistor Corporation property. The town seeks to eliminate public safety concerns posed by its current, dilapidated condition, and promote economic development through its re-use. This municipally-owned property was formerly used for manufacturing, which resulted in chlorinated volatile organic compound contamination to soil and groundwater.
  • Downtown Redevelopment Project, Attleboro: The City of Attleboro is redeveloping its downtown commercial district into a revitalized transit-oriented "urban village." Redevelopment will include a residential component as well as a regional center for business, financial and educational uses. The City needs assistance addressing environmental issues at key downtown locations.
  • Kiley Barrel/Union Square, Somerville: The City of Somerville plans to revitalize the historic Union Square neighborhood for mixed-use Transit Oriented Development (TOD) adjacent to a proposed Green Line Station. The City needs assistance resolving environmental issues related to the municipally-owned Kiley Barrel site located within Union Square. It is anticipated that the Kiley Barrel site will be assembled with an adjacent parcel and marketed together for reuse.
  • Brownfields Assistance Pilot, Brockton: The Brownfields Support Team will work closely with the City of Brockton to identify brownfields and economic development opportunities and challenges. The team will aim to develop an inventory of sites in need of state and federal assistance that demonstrates significant economic development potential.

"This unique type of redevelopment is beneficial not just to local communities but to the Commonwealth as a whole," said Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki. "The collaboration between agencies in moving the Brownfields initiative forward will provide a clear and coordinated path to long term economic development for municipalities throughout Massachusetts."

"Initiatives that promote sustainable economic development and enhance the quality of life are a priority of the Governor and Lieutenant Governor," said Massachusetts Department of Transportation Secretary and CEO Jeffrey Mullan. "We look forward to continued active participation in the Brownfields initiative and using our transportation network and services to assist in the redevelopment of these sites."

"For more than 20 years, Massachusetts has witnessed how brownfields can provide a solid return on investment by transforming formerly contaminated, dormant, and abandoned sites into redevelopment success stories," said MassDEP Commissioner Laurie Burt. "We look forward to working with our state and federal partners to achieve several more victories at these recently selected locations."

"This structured approach to redevelopment streamlining programs and services created a decade ago fits well with the mission of MassDevelopment to eradicate blight and promote economic development throughout the Commonwealth," said MassDevelopment President and CEO Robert L. Culver. "We enjoy strong working relationships with our partners on the Brownfields Support Team and look forward to bringing more of these promising sites to their highest and best uses."

The Brownfields Support Team (BST) will work with communities to identify site and project specific issues that hinder redevelopment of key properties. Assistance provided by the BST may include expedited site inspections, reviews, and approvals by MassDEP; technical assistance on expedited permitting from EOHED; funding for assessment and cleanup from MassDevelopment; financial and technical assistance from MassDOT; and coordination with the Attorney General's Office on liability issues.

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