Hearthstone Castle Abatement Phase One is getting underway in Danbury.
Crews started to rebuild the road, giving better access to the castle. Public Works Director Antonio Iadarola says the trails far enough away that he doesn't see a problem leaving them open. But he acknowledged that curiosity will become a major factor so staff will monitor the situation. He also told the contractor to be aware of that curiosity factor and if they see something that could become dangerous, they will extend the work area zone to protect the general public.
The project designer and environmental consultant Eagle Environmental submitted the Alternative Work Practices Plan to the State Department of Health. The plan was approved for Phase One abatement and demolition materials disposal.
The Public Services Division cleared and dug a bit of the dirt at the site, giving access to the Phase 1 work zone. Manafort Brothers, as the lowest qualified bidder, was awarded the contract. A Pre-Construction Meeting was held on June 30th.
Iadarola says this project is a gem of a project for his Department because they've been struggling to get the inside of the castle cleaned for two years. He called it a permitting nightmare.