Monday, August 3, 2020

Grant Will Help Move Polluted Site Toward Re-Use

Blogger's Note: The following was provided by the office of State Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-146th Dist. 

The effort to clean-up the old Pottstown Plating Works property at the corner of South Washington Street and Industrial Highway has received a $77,000 boost in the form of a state grant, state Rep. Joe Ciresi, D-146th Dist. announced recently

The nearly $77K grant for an assessment of the property is a necessary step toward the remediation and redevelopment of the site. The grant was one of three new projects funded by the Industrial Sites Reuse Program that cleans up former industrial sites and prepares them for new use.

“This funding will be very helpful in our continued efforts to revitalize Pottstown and clean up old industrial sites,” Ciresi said. “By putting this property back on track for productive use, this project will create jobs, clean up the environment and be part of us entering a new era for Pottstown.”

The Redevelopment Authority of Montgomery County was granted the $76,582 to assess the former Pottstown Plating Works property, which is 3.89 acres and contains a two-story, 46,500-square-foot vacant building.

The assessment will include soil samples, groundwater samples, vapor intrusion evaluation and reporting. The Redevelopment Authority is working with 215 South Washington Street, LLC, to assess and remediate the site for use for light manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, call center and general small business. It is expected to create between 20 and 75 jobs.

The ISRP provides loans and grants for environmental assessments and remediation carried out by eligible applicants who did not cause or contribute to the contamination. The program is designed to foster the cleanup of environmental contamination at industrial sites, thereby bringing blighted land into productive reuse.

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