by Brooke Constance, White Sun staff writer
The state has approved the town’s application for a $200,000 brownfields assessment grant to investigate environmental contamination at the Mystic River Boathouse Park property along Greenmanville Avenue.
The award, which comes through the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development, will provide funding for the first step in the remediation and capping of the coal and slag on the waterfront site from previous residential and industrial activities.
Last month, the town signed the $2.2 million purchase agreement for the 1.5-acre property. Since then, town officials have begun moving forward with the site’s transformation into a public waterfront park and boathouse for the high school’s crew team with the creation of an implementation committee to oversee the project.
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