Riverfront Recapture receives $ 500,000 for land cleanup in Windsor, Hartford | Connecticut and region
The lands bordering the Connecticut River on Leibert Road in Hartford and Meadow Road in Windsor will receive a $ 500,000 grant from the federal Environmental Protection Agency to clean them of pesticides and other hazardous substances.
The plots have been used for farming, parking commercial trucks, storing railway construction equipment, mining and processing sand, silt and clay, the organization Riverfront Recapture said in a statement. .
In total, the EPA’s Brownfields grant is $ 1.6 million and will be distributed to four grantees, including Riverfront Recapture, which is the first grantee. A portion of local funds will be used to support community outreach activities, including holding public meetings.
“We are extremely grateful to the EPA for their support of our new park, our regional trail connection and our business development in Hartford and Windsor,” said Michael Zaleski, President and CEO of Riverfront Recapture. “The Riverfront Recapture Remediation and Redevelopment Plan represents a transformational investment in the environment, urban green spaces and multimodal transportation that will stimulate economic development and improve community health in the underserved neighborhoods surrounding the project.
Windsor Mayor Don Trinks said he believed the grant would significantly improve Riverfront Recapture’s efforts to clean up the plots.
“I think this is a wonderful contribution from the EPA towards the Riverfront efforts,” Trinks said. “The City of Windsor, along with many other communities, can’t wait to see the results. “
Late last month, officials at Riverfront Recapture announced the purchase of 60 acres of waterfront land on the Hartford-Windsor line that will complement the Riverwalk trail system and house a new community park.
The purchase of the 60-acre parcel, which cost $ 625,000, was made possible through private contributions, primarily from the Hartford Foundation of Public Giving. The land was previously owned by the Russo family of Hartford.
One of the elements of the park is “Garmany Cove” which will offer floating docks, fishing piers, lookouts and hundreds of trees. Visitors will be able to kayak and enjoy various paddle sports.
Officials at Riverfront Recapture have said they intend to file all appropriate permits and plans with the respective regulators this year, with construction slated for 2022.
“This is an exciting time for Riverfront Recapture,” said Marc Nicol, Director of Planning and Development for Riverfront Recapture. “Over the past 30 days, we have been very fortunate to receive the grant, as well as the acquisition of the 60 acre parcel. “