Today Congressman John B. Larson announced $1 million in Brownfields Cleanup grants for various sites in Hartford and East Hartford, including $460,000 for hazardous substance cleanup and $540,000 for petroleum cleanup.
"The economic and environmental benefits of revitalizing former industrial areas, gas stations and other brownfields sites to our municipalities can often go unrealized due to the high costs of cleanup," said Congressman Larson. "With this funding, Goodwin College and the City of Hartford can further their efforts to develop these sites while helping to eliminate hazardous substances from our environment."
Goodwin College, Inc. is receiving $60,000 for hazardous substance cleanup at their 361-363 Main Street property in East Hartford, the home of a restaurant from 1936 to 1989 and a gas station from 1949 to 1968. Goodwin will also receive $340,000 for petroleum cleanup at both the 361-363 Main Street property and their 365-367 Main Street property in East Hartford, a car repair facility and gas station from 1950 to 1998 and auto repair facility until 2012.
The City of Hartford will receive $400,000 for hazardous substance cleanup at two brownfields sites, including the former home of the Philbrick, Booth, Spencer factory and foundry at 393 Homestead Avenue and a former paint and oil store at 70 Edwards Avenue. Hartford will also receive $200,000 for petroleum cleanup at the Downtown North Project Area at 40 Chapel Street.