CHICOPEE – On Tuesday, September 4, 2018, Mayor Richard J. Kos along with U.S. EPA Region 1 Administrator Alexandra Dunn, MassDEP Western Regional Director Mike Gorski, and other City and State Officials officially kicked off abatement and demolition of the middle-tier buildings at the Uniroyal Facility.
The estimated total cost of these activities is $3,600,325, of which $600,000 will be covered by U.S. EPA grants and $120,000 will be covered by Community Development Block Grant cost share. The remaining costs will be covered by a City Council appropriation of $2.9 million. The City has contracted with American Environmental of Holyoke, MA who were the low bidder to complete the abatement and demolition project.
Work on the site has commenced as of Wednesday, September 5, 2018, and will continue for approximately eight (8) months. In total five (5) buildings will be demolished during this project. Leaving only one building left to be demolished (the powerplant) and two buildings left to be abated. All three of the remaining buildings have received EPA Cleanup Grants for abatement work.
“It is important to the City to keep moving on this redevelopment project and we are thankful for these EPA Grants which have been a great assistance in financing our efforts,” said Mayor Richard J. Kos.