Brook­field plans to test prop­er­ties for chem­i­cals

The News-Times - - NEWS/FROM THE FRONT PAGE - By Ju­lia Perkins

BROOK­FIELD — The town plans to test prop­er­ties on Lau­rel Hill and Sta­tion roads for pos­si­ble chem­i­cal con­tam­i­na­tion from a for­mer dry clean­ers nearby.

The chem­i­cals could have spread from 20 Sta­tion Road, an old dry clean­ers where in­ves­ti­ga­tors found it would be im­pos­si­ble to clean up the con­tam­i­nates that seeped into the be­drock.

First Select­man Steve Dunn told the Board of Select­men this week the town wants to test nearby homes on Sta­tion Road and north­west to Lau­rel Hill Road. He said town of­fi­cials planned to con­tact prop­erty own­ers be­gin­ning Tues­day.

“We’re not go­ing to do the re­me­di­a­tion for them, but at least we can do the test­ing,” Dunn said.

The plan is to pay for the test­ing us­ing money left over from a $145,000 grant from the state to ex­am­ine the ex­tent of the con­tam­i­na­tion at 20 Sta­tion Road.

“The state was pretty good about let­ting us ex­tend the ap­pli­ca­bil­ity of that grant,” Dunn said.

Mean­while, the select­men voted to ap­ply for a $275,000 grant from the state Depart­ment of Eco­nomic and Com­mu­nity Devel­op­ment to help de­ter­mine what could be done with the prop­erty.

The money could pay for the de­mo­li­tion of the build­ing and en­able the prop­erty to be re­de­vel­oped, ac­cord­ing to the town’s ap­pli­ca­tion.

Dunn said the build­ing could po­ten­tially be re­ha­bil­i­tated, but it might not be worth it.

“It’s in pretty bad shape,” he said.

Dunn said he would pre­fer the build­ing be torn down. He has said a park­ing lot could be per­fect there, be­cause it is near the down­town streetscape re­vi­tal­iza­tion project.

In its ap­pli­ca­tion to the state, the town said the de­vel­oper who plans to build The En­clave, a 181unit af­ford­able hous­ing and mixed-use com­plex, is in­ter­ested in the prop­erty.

The de­vel­oper could use the land for a “com­pli­men­tary project” to The En­clave, but is con­cerned about the soil and ground­wa­ter con­tam­i­na­tion, the town said in its ap­pli­ca­tion. This project could in­clude pub­lic park­ing for the re­tail spa­ces in The En­clave.

“The re­vi­tal­iza­tion of the Town Cen­ter Dis­trict re­lies on in­vestors, such as this in­ter­ested de­vel­oper, to cre­ate the nec­es­sary hous­ing and com­mer­cial space to ig­nite the po­ten­tial for the area’s vi­tal­ity and suc­cess,” town of­fi­cials stated in the ap­pli­ca­tion, which notes 10 to 20 jobs could be cre­ated to man­age the apart­ments or the park­ing lot.

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