PLAINVILLE – Plainville is among more than a dozen communities, including Meriden, that will receive state funding for the clean up and revitalization of brownfields or blighted properties.
“If done correctly it would have a major impact to the revitalization of downtown,” said Mark Devoe, director of planning and economic development for Plainville.
The funding announced last week includes a total of $13.6 million for eight remediation and redevelopment projects and eight assessment projects totaling more than 80 acres.
In Plainville, more than 14 acres of the White Oak property on West Main Street will be assessed for possible contamination following future revitalization.
The former White Oaks construction property has been vacant for years. While there is still an owner attached to the property, the town holds an option to purchase it in the future.
The grant is a total of $200,000 from state Department of Economic and Community Development.
DeVoe said the funding will be used for different phases of the project. After the property is assessed for contamination, the next step will be for the site to be evaluated and areas of concern will be studied. Soil samples and drilling may occur.
The final phase will be the remedial action plan to prepare the site for future development.
DeVoe said it is too early to tell what the site’s purpose will be, however the clean up process will give the property more of an opportunity for reuse.
“The remediation is extremely important,” he said.
It will be more than a month before the town can enter into a contract with the state for the funding. In the meantime, the town will start to put together requests for qualifications or proposals for the clean-up and revitalization process.