Hartford’s Capewell Factory Gets Brownfields Clean-Up Grant

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The conversion of the former Capewell Horsenail Factory in Hartford into housing got a $2 million boost from the state from funds targeting the clean-up of brownfield sites.

The grant was part of $10.5 million in loans and grants for  announced today by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Catherine Smith, commissioner of the state Department of Economic and Community Development.

The Corporation for Independent Living has an option to purchase the 110-year-old brick, Capewell building in the Sheldon-Charter Oak neighborhood from Houston-based Boxer Properties.

The conversion of the former factory on Popieluszko Court into housing has stumbled in attempts that stretch back more than a decade. The grant announced today was given to the city of Hartford.

Martin M. Legault, CIL’s president, told me today that the non-profit is developing plans to convert the factory into housing.

The city’s director of development services, Thomas E. Deller, told me today that the conversion could be either rental or condominiums.

The discussions with CIL were still in early stages, and there was no clear timeline for completing the project, Deller said.

Also in Hartford, a grant of $500,000 would help remove lead and asbestos from buildings on the corner of Pearl and Trumbull streets. The properties are proposed for conversion into housing and retail space.

Other grants include:

·         Clinton will receive a $200,000 grant for environmental site characterization and geotechnical engineering assistance to determine the remediation and feasibility of converting a nine acre portion of the former town landfill into a two-rink ice skating facility.

·         Middletown—the Middletown Transit District will receive a $964,339 loan for remediation and soil cap, helping to finance a new transit station.

·         New Haven—Goatville Development, LLC, will receive a $1,748,500 loan for a mixed-use development that will include approximately 200 housing units on the Star Supply site.

·         Vernon—Kaplan Mill Works, LLC, will receive a $2,000,000 loan for the remediation and reuse of the Hockanum Mill in Rockville. The former mill will house commercial and light industrial uses.

·         Waterbury and the Waterbury Development Corporation will receive a $780,000 grant which is gap financing to help complete remediation and demolition work at the Washington Avenue Business Park, the site of a future mixed-use development.

·         Waterbury will also receive an additional $2,000,000 grant to help the Waterbury Development Corporation with site remediation after a fire at 313 Mill Street, the Mad River Development site across from the Anamet remediation project.

·         Watertown— Frost Bridge Associates, LLC, will receive a $314,500 loan for remediation and reuse work at a construction and demolition debris recycling facility.





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2 thoughts on “Hartford’s Capewell Factory Gets Brownfields Clean-Up Grant

  1. mike

    As long as CIL sells off some of the endeveloped land on this property to get some additional market rate apartments, I am all for this project.

    Charter oak is a part of town with great protential but It can be dangerous to solely supply income restricted and subsidized housing. The areal already has the parole board and a homeless shelter. In order to ensure stability some market rate housing needs to be involved and better connect coltsville to downtown.

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