The Town of Haddam may be able to acquire the former Frismar
property without acquiring the liability of cleaning up the burned down and
contaminated old factory thanks to a new piece of legislation making its rounds
According to a report in the Hartford Courant, legislation has just passed both houses that would give municipalities “immunity from liability in assuming ownership” of brownfields, or former industrial sites, and give them a better shot in getting cleanup funds.
The report says the Higganum Visioning Group is eyeing the 12-acre property, which sits on the Connecticut River, for a nature park with hiking trails and a canoe launch. Clean up estimated to be more than $2 million and if the bill becomes law, it will let the Town of Haddam begin foreclosure proceedings, which is the first step in the journey toward a nature park.
The Higganum Vision Group is hosting a walking tour of the Higganum Cove on Saturday, June 22, at 10 a.m. beginning near 14 Depot Road. Dress for rough, overgrown terrain.