by Shawn R. Beals, Hartford Courant (CT)
As part of a yearlong effort to get Middletown residents talking about how to reuse brownfield sites for recreation, the city and a consultant held the first of three weekly open houses Wednesday.
The Middletown On The Move project began in September 2015 after the city received a $143,970 grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study brownfield sites for reuse. Brownfield sites are vacant or underutilized former industrial or commercial properties that have potential pollution or contamination.
"We've asked the public to envision what would a multiuse public space look like," said Patrice Barrett, the city's project coordinator for Middletown On The Move. "We've tried every kind of avenue we can to solicit what people think."
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