April 26, 2018

Meriden receives $200K to cleanup defunct hospital site

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it will award a $200,000 grant to the city of Meriden for site cleanup at the former Meriden-Wallingford Hospital.

Meriden is among 144 communities nationwide to receive EPA funding in its brownfield site revitalization efforts worth $54.3 million.

The funding will help assess, clean up and redevelop the hospital site at 1 King Place that was in operation for almost 100 years until it was vacated in the 1990s. The site, spanning over 5.6 acres, contains toxic polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB), metals, inorganic contaminants and petroleum, EPA officials said.

"The redevelopment of 1 King Place is a key component of the City's efforts to transform the neighborhood into a walkable, vibrant area with access to jobs, housing and improved public transit," said Ken Morgan, Meriden's acting city manager.

Under New England's brownfields cleanup program, EPA has awarded 382 assessment grant worth $110.5 million, 75 revolving loan fund grants and supplemental funding totaling $102.9 million. The agency has also provided nearly 300 cleanup grants of $71.8 million.

The funding has created more than $2.9 billion in public and private cleanup and redevelopment investments, creating more than 18,100 jobs in assessment, cleanup, construction and redevelopment, officials said

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