Excavation, testing of former R-J site continue as part of redevelopment

Excavation, testing of former R-J site continue as part of redevelopment


MERIDEN — Workers continue to test and excavate contaminated soil at 11 Crown St. in advance of the construction of dozens of mixed-income apartments.

City Economic Development Director Juliet Burdelski said cleanup work on the site of the former Record-Journal building began about three weeks ago. Testing was scheduled for Wednesday, and the city will know if additional excavation is required by next week.

Lead and ash have been found in soil underneath the former parking lot. Workers have tested and used an excavator to remove soil, and repeated the process.

“It’s not anything we weren’t aware of,” Burdelski said.

Michaels Development will construct 81 mixed-income apartments units on the site once remediation work is complete. The complex will consist of 24 market-rate units, 37 affordable housing units for residents at or below 60 percent areawide median income or low income, and 20 units for displaced residents of the Mills Memorial Apartments, classified as very low income.

The building was constructed in 1905 and purchased by the city for $450,000 in 2014 with plans for redevelopment. A study found the building couldn’t be repurposed.

Demolition of the building began in June and was completed in August.

The apartments will be part of several completed, ongoing, and future projects in the downtown area, including the construction of the Meriden Green, the new train station, and the Meriden Commons on the site of the Mills Memorial Apartments.

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