ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT


Stay Connected
ADVERTISEMENT


Work resumes at Meriden Hub site


MERIDEN — After a cold and snowy winter, work resumed at the Hub site last week and is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.

The $13 million Hub project is years in the making and initial work on the 14-acre site got underway in early January, when trees, curbing, light poles and a former bank building that stood at the southwest corner of the parcel were removed.

Shortly after the work began, the area was hit with several snowstorms that blanketed the city. Cold temperatures left snow on the site until recently.

The long winter allowed time for the general contractor, Meriden-based LaRosa Construction, to firm up its environmental remediation plans for the contaminated Brownfields site.

“They are moving the topsoil and have started removing the gravel from where the parking lot was,” Public Works Director Robert Bass said. “They are doing that in preparation ... for remediation.”

There are five specific “hot spots,” where there is a “higher concentration of pollutants,” around the site, Bass said.

Soil from those five locations has been removed or is in the process of being moved, mostly toward the north end of the Hub site near Mill Street. A large pile of soil in the center of the site has also been relocated. In total, close to 100,000 tons of soil will be removed from the Hub over the next 18 months, though a significant amount of that earth will be re-purposed on the site.

The redevelopment project includes uncovering Harbor Brook and using the site for flood control. It will double as a park with an amphitheater, pedestrian bridge, walking trails and other amenities.

In the coming weeks, a web camera will be added to the site so that residents can view progress. Bass said the equipment has been ordered.

dbrechlin@recordjournal.com 203-317-2266 Twitter: @DanBrechlinRJ



Back to MeridenNews
Top Stories of the Week

Restaurant owner promises ‘hard-core smokehouse’ in Meriden …
MIDDLETOWN — Christopher Szewczyk has visited barbecue smokehouses in Lockhart and Austin, New Orleans, Memphis and Nashville and recently brought the “show” to Connecticut. A … more ...

Meriden man charged after shooting himself in hand by accident …
MERIDEN — A city man faces charges after police say he accidentally shot himself in the hand while watching a movie. Ryan Kolesar, 29, of … more ...

Man charged in connection with ‘shots fired’ call on Heather …
MERIDEN — Police arrested one man after officers responded to a report of shots fired Wednesday afternoon on Heather Heights. According to the Meriden police … more ...

Meriden police make arrest after chase down Crown Street …
MERIDEN — Police arrested Jonathan Rivers, a convicted felon, on Crown Street Friday afternoon. In 2007, Rivers was convicted of accessory to first-degree kidnapping for … more ...

One person hospitalized after accident on Route 5 in Wallingford …
WALLINGFORD — At least one person was hospitalized after a two-car accident on Route 5 near the entrance to Kohls. Fire officials said one person … more ...

Comments