Funds awarded to Seekonk for study of industrial building

June 22, 2017 by  

The federal Environmental Protection Agency recently (EPA) awarded the town of Seekonk a grant worth $350,000 to conduct more studies where a former industrial mill is located on Maple Avenue.

The announcement of this grant was made by Shawn Cadime, Town Administrator, at the last meeting of the selectmen.

The building had been home to the Attleboro Dyeworks and Finishing Company and caught fire on May 1, 2012. The property abuts the Ten Mile River, and consists of three parcels (including three industrial settling ponds and a dam) and a building measuring 105,000 square feet in size.

Conservation Agent Jennifer Miller commented that Mass Development has also given the town a $100,000 recoverable grant. All the funding will be used to determine how contaminated the facility and the property are.

Once the study is completed, the funding from the EPA will be used to treat hazardous materials, remove debris from the building, and assess the area around and below the building. Miller said that this work will provide the town with the information it needs to create a plan for development and renovation.

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