Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray announced today six new projects selected for assistance through the Patrick-Murray Administration's Brownfields Support Team Initiative. State government partners including MassDOT work together and with local communities to help clean up challenging and complex contaminated sites and prepare them for redevelopment.
The Brownfields Initiative began in 2008 with five clean-up sites. The six additional projects announced today include the former Uniroyal/Facemate sites in Chicopee; the Mill Street Corridor in Gardner; the former Kiley Barrel site in Somerville; the Katrina Road site in Chelmsford; a downtown redevelopment project in Attleboro; and a new city-wide brownfields assistance pilot in Brockton.
The Brownfields Support Team brings together staff from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency, and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to help municipalities solve problems impeding the redevelopment of contaminated properties.
Assistance provided may include expedited site inspections, reviews, and approvals by MassDEP; technical assistance on expedited permitting from EOHED; funding for assessment and cleanup from MassDevelopment; financial and technical assistance from MassDOT; and coordination with the Attorney General's Office on liability issues.