Stafford Brownfields Initiative
The Town of Stafford' Brownfields Program is designed to help transform currently blighted areas into clean public spaces that the whole community can take pride in. Here, you will find information about program guidelines, activities and accomplishments. We encourage you to check back regularly to keep informed about Stafford's latest brownfields projects and upcoming milestones. The program, funded by grants received from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and successful grant implementation has yielded repeat awards.
What is a Brownfields?
The EPA defines a brownfield site as “real property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contamination.” Why is this of interest to property owners and developers? Brownfields are also development and revitalization opportunities. Common contaminants include asbestos, lead paint, hydrocarbon spillages, solvents, and pesticides. If the land is properly cleaned up and the contamination is remediated, the site can safely be used for other purposes. Cleaning up and reinvesting in these properties increases local tax bases, facilitates job growth, utilizes existing infrastructure, takes development pressures off of undeveloped, open land, and both improves and protects the environment.
Former Earl M. Witt School - Cleanup Grant
The Town of Stafford received a $650,000 FY19 EPA Brownfields Cleanup Grant with a cost-share of $130,000 and is currently facilitating the grant, Period of Performance: 7/1/2022 – 9/30/2025 with pre-award. Through work completed under the Town-Wide Assessment funding program, remediation and redevelopment of the Earl M Witt School was identified as top priority. The Site is in Stafford’s 157-acre Hyde Park, behind Main Street and Connecticut Route 32 and Route 190. The Site was initially the mansion and property of successful industrialist, Julius Converse, and was later purchased by Isaac P. Hyde who bequeathed his legacy in perpetuity to the townspeople as "Hyde Park" in the 1911. In 1939, a portion of Hyde Park was transferred to the Board of Education for the construction of a new high school and the 20,000 square-foot, brick, slab-on-grade structure was constructed. in 2007, the property was decommissioned by the Board of Education and ownership was transferred back to the Town of Stafford. The presence of hazardous building materials – such as lead and PCBs – have complicated redevelopment and the property has been vacant since that time. The parcel where the Witt School is located is a beautiful park and is a venue for recreation, community activities, organized sports, and other outdoor pursuits. It’s close to Main Street attractions and activities, and the Site is adjacent to a CT-designated EJ community and five other significant Brownfields sites and potentially contaminated properties. The Witt School was selected by the community as the highest priority due to its centralized location, easy public access, and its potential to close community need gaps and transform the surrounding neighborhood.
Public Hearing & Public Comment Period
A public hearing concerning the draft Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives (ABCA) has been scheduled for Tuesday, September 26, 2023, at 6:30 pm at the Stafford Community Center, located at 3 Buckley Highway, Stafford, Connecticut. A summary of tasks accomplished under the FY19 EPA Brownfields Town-Assessment Grant will also be presented at this time. Comments concerning the draft ABCA may be presented at the public meeting or forwarded to Amber Wakley, Director of the Grants & Community Development, at email@example.com or at Warren Memorial Town Hall, 1 Main Street, Stafford, CT 06076. Please use the subject line "Cleanup Draft ABCA Comment." and submit by Monday, October 16, 2023, at 4:30 p.m.
Members of the public are encouraged to attend the Public Hearing in-person on September 26 at 6:30pm at the Stafford Community Center (3 Buckley Highway). For those who wish to join virtually, you may access remote participation through one of the following ways:
- Enter this link into your web browser to open the Zoom website: https://zoom.us/join. Enter the Webinar ID# 822 0902 7760, Passcode: 102566, as directed on the webpage and click “Join”. Follow the on-screen instructions to join the meeting.
- Participants can dial +1 309 205 3325 to join the meeting. When prompted, enter Webinar ID# 822 0902 7760, Passcode: 102566, and follow the instructions to join the meeting.
- Click the link below to join the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82209027760?pwd=Y0t1dlVSUCt3VzJ0Z2w5SVR0SUptUT09. Enter the Webinar ID# 822 0902 7760, Passcode: 102566, as directed on the webpage and click “Join”. Follow the on-screen instructions to join the meeting.
Public Hearing Documents:
- 9/26/23 Public Hearing PowerPoint Presentation Slides
- Notice of Public Hearing
- draft Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives (ABCA) - 2023
- draft Community Relations Plan
- Cleanup Workplan
- Concept Reuse Alternatives Witt School
- Hazardous Building Materials Investigation
- Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives – November 2021
Community-Wide Assessment Funding
The Town of Stafford received a $300,000 FY19 EPA Brownfields Community-wide Assessment Grant and is currently facilitating the grant, Period of Performance: 10/1/2019 - 9/30/2023. Funds have allowed the Town to hire a qualified/licensed environmental professional (Weston & Sampson) develop a prioritized inventory of brownfield properties, establish a brownfield steering committee, prioritize needs and sites, conduct community engagement activities, and identify and quantify contaminants that exist within specific brownfield sites. Detailed outputs include: site inventory of over eleven priority Brownfields sites in the Target Areas, four Phase I Environmental Site Assessments, one Hazardous Building Material Assessment, one Phase II Environmental Site Assessment, one Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives, and two Quality Assurance Project Plan. We also conducted Cleanup and Reuse Planning Activities, attended regional and national Brownfields conferences, and published a series of public outreach surveys and materials.
Town-Wides Assessments & Reports
Hydeville Mill - 108 Hydeville Road
Phase I Environmental Assessment
Phase II Environmental Assessment
Preliminary Cost Estimate
American Woolen - 21 Furnace Avenue
Phase I Environmental Assessment
Stafford Cleaners - 27 East Street
Phase II Environmental Assessment & HBM Survey
Priority Ranking Criteria
Public Presentation - March 2020
Visit the Town of Stafford main Stafford Brownfields Initiative webpage
Questions or comments?
Amber Wakley, Director of Grants & Community Development