Mayor Michael J. McGlynn today announced that the City of Medford has received two EPA Brownfield Cleanup Grants for a total of $400,000. Medford was the only municipality in Massachusetts to receive two grants. The grants are from the EPA’s Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup (ARC) Grants and are to help with the necessary funding to assess, remediate and redevelop contaminated properties.
These grants are to be used for the cleanup of the site formerly known as 448 High Street in West Medford. This site has been the location of multiple laundries and dry cleaners dating back to the early 1900s and has been owned by the city since 1961 when the use was converted to a municipal parking lot. The City has been working for several years with the landlords and business owners in the adjacent buildings to minimize impacts from the contamination and the City is eager to remove the contamination from this location. Medford is currently working with the environmental consultants Brown and Caldwell to determine the best method to clean up the contaminates and to determine the associated costs.
“Without receipt of these grants, the City of Medford would have to postpone or cancel other important infrastructure projects. These EPA grants will allow the City to choose from various remediation technologies, selecting the one that provides the best performance in the shortest time frame, so that life can return to normal for the abutters and the general public. These grants would not have been possible without the assistance of our Congressman, Ed Markey. He has always been there for our City and he is a leader in Congress on numerous environmental issues,” said Mayor McGlynn.
As part of the City’s commitment to green living, green remediation best practices as determined by the US EPA’s Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response will be used as part of the cleanup. Many of these actions are already standard practices in the City of Medford. It is anticipated that the entire cost of the project will be over $1 million.