Century Brass building to be razed
New Milford to receive $2.5 million to help fund the job
A$2.5 million bond was approved March 28 toward the demolition and environmental cleanup of the long-abandoned Century Brass building in New Milford.
The bond is especially satisfying for Mayor Pat Murphy.
"It's pretty exciting," the mayor said. "The next step is to find an engineer to review the project and develop specs for an environmentally sensitive demolition of the building that will pass state approval."
She noted Wednesday that would be a professional service and would not require going out to bid.
"After that comes finding the demolition company," she said. "That will require a bid process."
The property was once called the town's "industrial albatross" in 2012 by then-economic development supervisor Vin Nolan.
Although the 72-acre site has already undergone a multimillion-dollar federal and state environmental assessment and cleanup, the property still includes the vacant brass mill, which is contaminated with asbestos and PCB.
Plans are underway to demolish the 320,000-square-foot building and conduct an environmental cleanup to make the site marketable.
The cleanup project is estimated at $3 million.
Along with the $2.5 million grant, Murphy plans to utilize funds left from the Boardman Road project and to ask the DECD to release funds left from that project.
Murphy gave extra attention to navigating the bond request through the commission, she said.
The mayor then personally handed the town's paperwork to the DECD chairman, she reported.
No timeline has been set for the building's demolition.
The mayor has sought advice from the Housatonic Valley of Elected Officials and will be checking also with the DECD and the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for a preferred vendor list.