Mayor Ken Cockayne announced Thursday that Bristol is one of 16 municipalities in Connecticut that has been awarded a State Brownfield Assessment grant.
In a press release, the mayor said, “We are pleased to continue the work on assessing brownfields with the goal of remediating these polluted properties so they can be put back into productive use. When the work is done, we hope to attract new development to Bristol.”
Bristol’s grant of $50,000 will be used to update the prior assessment data obtained at the J.H. Session & Sons factory building at 273 Riverside Ave. so the building may be cleaned up and redeveloped for future use, according to Justin Malley, executive director of the Bristol Development Authority, the press release reported. The grant comes under the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development’s (DECD) Brownfield Remediation Program. Under the latest round of allocations, a total of $7 million will go towards the cleanup and redevelopment of five former industrial sites, while $1.7 million will be put towards the assessment of 12 other sites around the state. Malley thanked Dawn Leger, Bristol’s Grants Administrator, for writing the winning grant proposal, said the release.
The City of Bristol most recently received an assessment grant from DECD for a brownfield parcel at 894 Middle St. The work on that site is almost complete.
“These polluted properties pose a public health risk as well as ongoing economic challenges to our community,” said Cockayne, according to the press release. “When the state helps with these grants, we are able to move forward with efforts to remediate the parcels and the buildings, and hopefully attract developers who can introduce economic activity into stagnant areas. So much benefit comes to the City with this funding. We are very happy to participate in this program, and look forward to a long and productive collaboration with the State of Connecticut on these projects.”