Waterbury receives funding for Brownfield cleanups

The Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments has granted the city of Waterbury $486,000 to help ongoing cleanups of polluted industrial properties. Thomas Hyde, interim director of the Waterbury Development Corp., anticipates the money from the council will be more easily accessible than some of the larger state grants. This will help the city pay for planning and experts needed to be ready to begin heavy work once larger state grants can be accessed, Hyde said. The city has already spent about $5.3 million in state and local funds to buy the Anamet site, demolish several buildings and fix the roof of a large industrial building. The city has four additional building it plans to demolish on the site, including a “very dirty,” powerhouse with a large brick smoke stack, Hyde said. The city has about $400,000 left from a previous state grant for the former Anaconda site, but estimates place the demolition of the remaining 15,600-square-foot building at up to $1.1 million. The city has another $2 million grant application with the state pending on this site as well.


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