TROY MILLS UPDATE
The Troy Redevelopment Group (TRG) has been awarded a $400,000 environmental clean-up grant under the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The grant is provided through and administered by the NH Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) and it can be used only for clean-up of environmental contamination within the 19 acre Troy Mills complex. TRG and NHDES are hopeful that these funds will be sufficient to complete the environmental clean-up that was started in 2007.
From the Issue:October 2010
History - After TRG took ownership of the Troy Mills Complex from the Bankruptcy Court in 2004, NHDES and TRG completed a full environmental inspection of the mill buildings and the property within the complex. It was determined that there was serious environmental contamination both within the buildings where hazardous materials and chemicals were stored and used in the manufacturing processes and throughout the grounds where waste materials were often stored and occasionally buried. In 2005 a private development group, Troy Mills Developers LLC, headed by Robert Hanson, a contractor with extensive experience in redeveloping contaminated manufacturing buildings and Jerry Kubal, an environmental engineer, negotiated an option to purchase the property from TRG. The agreement between TRG and the Developers included a plan to clean-up the hazardous materials throughout the site. In 2006 Kubal worked closely with NHDES to develop and secure EPA approval of a Remedial Action Plan to clean-up the site. A t that time the expected cost of clean –up was $1.6M.
In 2007 NHDES agreed to loan TRG and the Developers $600,000 from the State Brownfield’s Revolving Loan Fund which was used to clean up all of the hazardous materials within the various mill buildings over the past two years. The $400,000 Brownfield’s Grant that is expected to be approved by NH Governor John Lynch and the Executive Council and will hopefully cover the cost of most, if not all of the remaining exterior site clean-up. NHDES Project Manager Mike McCluskey PE has estimated that the clean-up will take between 18 and 24 months depending upon the extent of contamination that is ultimately identified. TRG has solicited bids from qualified environmental clean-up contractors and anticipates making a selection in early October so that work can begin this fall.