Are there grants available to help clean up the property?Yes, there are grants available for assessment and remediation of 'brownfield' properties. Farmington has never pursued this funding but staff members do have extensive experience applying for and administering State brownfield grants.
Can the Town use the needed environmental clean-up costs to reduce the purchase price?Yes, it is anticipated that the Town will retain a Licensed Environmental Professional (LEP) to secure an official LEP summary and opinion of what needs to be done on the site. It is likely the Town can secure an exemption from the Property Transfer Program pursuant to recent statutory amendments that seek to encourage the redevelopment of impaired properties. The Town will be asking for a reduction in purchase price and liability protections from the State which can be passed on to a future developer.
Was the Town Awarded the Brownfield’s Assessment Grant for the former Parson’s parcel?
On December 19, 2018 the Town was notified by the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) that we did not receive the Brownfield’s Assessment Grant for the former Parson’s parcel. DECD received 39 applications requesting approximately $20.5 million of grant funding. Of the 39 applications only 11 projects were funded. We are meeting with our consultant, Amy Vaillancourt to discuss if she can review the phase 1 investigations in further detail, and give us a plan to move forward. We met with our legislators to determine if future Brownfield’s funding will become available in the near future. We are meeting on January 17, 2019 with the Deputy Commissioner of DECD and will discuss the Parson’s parcel. More information will be provided as it becomes available.
What is the environmental condition of the property?The Town conducted a phase one environmental site assessment which documented the existing conditions and evaluated the work performed by the State. The report identifies Areas of Concern (AOC) which have been evaluated. The remediation is not complete.' The DOT only investigated and remediated what they 'touched' along the proposed roadway. They did not 'chase' the contamination for full cleanup. There is other missing documentation regarding soil disposal. Because of the former auto body operation the site it is currently a property subject to the CT Transfer Act.