Old Vernon Mill Property Will be Cleaned Up

August 28, 2014

Hartford, CT – State Senator Tony Guglielmo (R-Stafford) is pleased to support the state’s decision to award grant money to redevelop and clean up the former Amerbelle Mill property in Vernon.

“This more than ten acre site is a valuable piece of property that could be used by any business looking to call Vernon home. Cleaning up this site is not an easy task for a potential buyer. That is why this grant for clean-up and remediation is crucial for the town,” said Sen. Guglielmo.

In May, the State Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) announced it would accept applications for brownfield remediation and redevelopment funding. The loans and grants are now being granted to municipalities and developers.

All totaled DECD awarded $27 million to 20 remediation and redevelopment projects including the Vernon site.

Through the remediation and redevelopment program the Town of Vernon will receive $2,000,000 grant for the clean-up of the former 10.6 acre Amerbelle Mill property, to be converted to a state of the art facility anticipated for potential use by a large commercial tenant.

During the past two years, the state has invested more than $62 million in 37 projects to remediate contaminated sites in more than two dozen cities and towns statewide.

Awards made in this round of funding may be used for the following:

  • brownfield remediation
  • redevelopment
  • abatement
  • demolition
  • site investigation and assessment
  • groundwater monitoring

Professional service fees associated with redevelopment including attorney’s fees, and planning, design and consulting fees are also covered in the grants and loans.

All projects were rated and ranked by committee based on applicant’s financial need, the feasibility of both the remediation and redevelopment project and the project’s consistency with responsible growth and livability initiatives.

For more on DECD’s state brownfield redevelopment programs and additional information on the rating and ranking criteria for this funding round, visit www.ctbrownfields.gov.