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Middle School Environmental Study Complete

2/4/2014

  MIDDLE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENTAL STUDY COMPLETE

NO MAJOR FINDINGS ON AIR QUALITY OR OTHER HAZARDS

Town Plans To Conduct a Request For Proposals for Reuse of the Former School   


Mayor Jackson is pleased to announce that the long awaited study on the former Middle School has been completed. “I am pleasantly surprised to find that there are no major concerns inside the former middle school. For too long there has been a great deal of misinformation and a lack of current data that has prohibited us from making important and informed decisions. We can now look at possible development opportunities at this important location for southern Hamden”, stated Mayor Scott Jackson. 

 

Early in 2013 BL Companies was hired to evaluate the interior conditions of the former school building with a focus on PCBs, asbestos and methane gas. Phase 2 of the remediation of the exterior of the building will be completed in the coming months by the Regional Water Authority under the 2003 Newhall Consent Order. 


The last analysis of the interior conditions in the building was conducted in 2001. “We finally realized that we needed to determine what the current conditions were in case there were any major health hazards. Whether the Town keeps or sells the building we needed current information about the conditions and how they are impacted by the newest environmental regulations”, stated Dale Kroop, Director of Economic and Community Development and project manager for the study.

 

The conclusions of the study state that “Indoor air quality and soil vapor monitoring did not detect regulated compounds in air that would cause health risks to occupants of the building”. The report also analyzed the potential cost range for removal asbestos and caulking that was identified. This cost information will be critical for making decision about the rehab or demolition of the building.


In 2007 the Town conducted a study of the property with significant resident participation. That study included public opinion that this site was very important to the community. The community expressed a need to make it a focal point once again.  “With this report now we can finally provide accurate and up to date information to potential developers and also so that the Town can determine the future for the building”, stated Dale Kroop.

 

The Town of Hamden will soon seek proposals in the coming weeks from developers and interested and qualified parties for the reuse of the former school 


For more information regarding the study or the Town's Economic and Community Development Department, contact Dale Kroop atdkroop@hamden.com or at 203-287-7030.


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