City gets grant money to assess Middle Street brownfield

Mayor Ken Cockayne announced Thursday the City of Bristol has been awarded $125,000 in grant funding from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development’s Remedial Action and Redevelopment Municipal Grant Program to continue brownfield assessment activities at 894 Middle St. (state Route 229).

The grant will fund Phase III testing on the property to fully characterize the level of contamination and to provide a Remedial Action Plan for site cleanup. The approximately 17-acre parcel of vacant land has significant economic development possibilities, as it is sited on a primary city gateway adjacent to several established entities, explained a press release from the city. Only after the site is fully assessed can cleanup activities begin in concert with seeking developers for the property.

In 2013, the news release explained, the city of Bristol, with the assistance of the Bristol Property Renewal Corporation, received a grant from the Valley Council of Governments to conduct the Phase I and Phase II Environmental Assessments currently underway on the property. The site was previously the location of a metal refinishing facility, and early findings from environmental assessments indicate the presence of contamination.

“This grant funding from DECD allows the City to continue its momentum on assessing and eventually remediating and developing this neglected, tax-delinquent property,” Cockayne said in a press release. “We plan to continue our positive working relationships with the State of Connecticut, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Valley Council of Governments, and the Bristol Property Renewal Corporation to transform the site into a vibrant development with far-reaching economic benefits for the City and State.”