by Derek Carson, Bennington Banner (VT)
Cleaning up the Putnam Block is expect to cost just shy $1 million, with the lion's share of the money going towards the removal of a chemical called "trichloroethylene."
The public was largely absent from Wednesday's hearing on the clean-up plan, but project engineers still took the time to go over the plan and answer what questions there were.
The Putnam Block Project is a $54 million renovation plan for the buildings on the southwest side of Bennington's Four Corners. Local investors, including Southwestern Vermont Health Care, Bennington College, Southern Vermont College, the Bank of Bennington, and individuals, plan to invest and take advantage of grants and tax incentives to revitalize the block, and with it hopefully the rest of downtown.
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