Hoping to minimize the mesothelioma risk while improving the economic potential of Worcester, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded the city $500,000 to cleanup an area landmark and remove potentially dangerous asbestos products.
The award, which is funded through the Brownfield Cleanup grant, will be split up into two sections. An environmental cleanup of the old Worcester Telegram & Gazette building will have $200,000 in EPA funding allocated to it. Cleanup of that building will include asbestos removal and renovations to make it sustainable for economic expansion.
“Redeveloping the Telegram and Gazette property is a key element in the ongoing rebirth of downtown Worcester. These federal funds will allow us to reclaim contaminated land, and transform the site into an economic opportunity for private investment, said Curt Spalding, the regional administrator of EPA New England’s office. “I’m pleased that downtown Worcester will be cleaner, healthier, and more accessible for future development.”
The other $300,000 will be utilized by the city to recapitalize its Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund. The funding is one of 33 Brownsfields grants in Massachusetts that total $6.75 million. The purpose of the grants is to help towns and cities “assess, cleanup and redevelop abandoned or contaminated properties” and “promote economic re-development in American communities.”
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