Posted on June 25, 2021
The Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) has announced it intends to award Vernon and other municipalities a total of $19 million in funding in Round 13 of the Brownfield Municipal Grant Program, according to a press release issued today by the agency.
Vernon is set to receive $2,000,000 for abatement and remediation of the former Daniel’s Mill, located at 98 East Main Street, that will be redeveloped along with the Amerbelle and Anacoil mills (the Rockville Mill complex) as a gateway to Downtown Vernon. This mixed-use project consists of 110,000 sq. ft. of residential units and 20,000 sq. ft. of commercial, brewpub/restaurant and event space.
The Brownfield Municipal Grant Program is designed to assist municipalities and municipal entities with brownfield redevelopment projects.
DECD received a total of 52 applications at the full application stage of the process, requesting $39,519,160 in funding. DECD is awarding $16,914,070 to fourteen remediation and redevelopment projects and $2,188,060 to seventeen assessment-only projects.
These thirty-one projects make up approximately 418 acres of brownfield properties in 23 municipalities.
The funding from the state comes with the anticipation of an additional $156 million in private funding.
Entities responsible for a brownfield contamination are ineligible and all applicants must provide proof of access to the site, site control or path to site control.