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Environmental work continues at former Gilbert & Bennett Wire Mill site

Environmental work continues in Redding at the former Gilbert & Bennett Wire Mill site.  The Phase I Environmental Site Assessment is complete.  Additional areas of study have been identified by consultant Tighe and Bond.  A project proposal, along with scope of work, was presented  to First Selectwoman Julia Pemberton and the Department of Community Development project supervisor.  The expense up to $99,000 would be covered with funds remaining in the $200,000 brownfield grant previously awarded to Redding.  A grant proposal is being prepared for the next round of brownfield funding opening this fall.  Millions of dollars have been already spent to remediate the site and a sewer plant has been built to support new infrastructure on the property. This is the first step toward redevelopment.  The next steps include more environmental investigations, building structural assessment, ecological assessments of water bodies, and a hazardous building materials survey among others. These tasks could take up to a year, or possibly longer, to complete. 

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