FORMER EARL M. WITT
located at 20 Hyde Park Road, Stafford, Connecticut
The Town of Stafford is working to prepare the former Witt School located at 20 Hyde Park Road in Stafford for adaptive reuse or other creative redevelopment options. In early October, a Request for Interest (RFI) was published, seeking ideas and/or expressions of interest ("Letters of Interest") from persons or companies who recognize the unique opportunity to breathe new life into this building located in Hyde Park and close to the Central Business District. The RFI received no responses from private entities.
In the time since, the Town has worked in conjunction with the Technical Assistance Program for Brownfields/Connecticut Brownfields Initiative through the UConn Civil & Environmental Engineering Department. Together, a community grant narrative has been created, proposing the former Witt site as a recreational (retaining gym and commercial kitchen, among other spaces) and agricultural hub with indoor/outdoor dining, cooperative/mix-use space, and entertainment areas. The second floor is proposed as senior/affordable/equitable housing in partner with the Stafford Housing Authority. The narrative lends itself as a potential solution to alleviating the Downtown area as a USDA Food Desert, missing recreational amenities indicated by town survey results, fair housing opportunities, and redeveloping areas of existing infrastructure – all touchstones of eligible/attractive projects from Federal and State funders.
Public Notice for EPA Brownfields Cleanup Grant
The Public is hereby notified that on December 1, 2021 the Town of Stafford will apply for a Brownfield Cleanup Grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields Program. If funded, the grant would provide funding for the cleanup of the former Earl M Witt School site located at 20 Hyde Park Road in Stafford, Connecticut. As part of the application process, the Town of Stafford is required to obtain and submit public comment with the proposal. The application includes an Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives (ABCA) for the site. A copy of the draft application, including the draft ABCA, will be available on the town’s website, www.staffordct.org or www.explorestaffordct.com for public review and comment beginning November 19, 2021. Interested parties may submit written comments on the draft application and draft Analysis of Brownfields Cleanup Alternatives document by contacting Amber Wakley, Town of Stafford Grants & Marketing Specialist, at email@example.com or 860-851-8102. Please use the subject line “EPA Brownfields Cleanup Comment.” All comments must be submitted by Monday, November 29, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. and will be attached to the application.
A public Zoom meeting will be held on November 22, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. to present the draft application and ABCA and to solicit input from the public, prior to submittal of the application on December 1, 2021. The meeting and instructions on how to access the remote participation platform are provided below and will be posted on the Town’s website or may be requested by contacting Amber Wakley, Town of Stafford Grants & Marketing Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-851-8102.
Members of the public and/or parties with a right and/or requirement to attend this meeting may access via remote participation through any one of the following ways:
Enter this link into your web browser to open the Zoom website: https://zoom.us/join. Enter the Meeting ID# 814 7448 7816, Passcode: 596002, as directed on the webpage and click “Join”. Follow the on-screen instructions to join the meeting.
Participants can dial +1 929 205 6099 to join the meeting. When prompted, enter Meeting ID# 814 7448 7816, Passcode: 596002, and follow the instructions to join the meeting.
To view the public notice, posted November 15, 2021, in the Town of Stafford Clerk's Office, please visit: http://records.staffordct.org//files/2021/SBAB/11-22-Public%20Notice.pdf
FORMER WITT SCHOOL SITE
DOCUMENTS & ATTACHMENTS
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