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Legislation May Help Town Acquire and Clean Up Frismar Property

New legislation will help clean up contaminated sites for future development.

Patch file photo
Patch file photo

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 in Hartford. 

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. 

 Click here to read the full report in the Hartford Courant. 

Liz Bazazi July 01, 2013 at 02:52 PM
Ms. King, this is erroneous reporting: "...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" The Courant article correctly states: "Several groups have been working to get the abandoned Frismar property along Depot Road cleaned up for years. They want to see the area on Higganum Cove, just up from the Connecticut River, transformed into a nature park with hiking trails and a canoe and kayak launch." The Higganum Vision Group (HVG) would like to see the use of the site determined through a community-based, professionally-led visioning session. The HVG VISION is a vibrant center enriched by its heritage, natural resources and a strong sense of community. The HVG MISSION is to empower the Community to achieve its vision for Higganum.
Jessie King July 01, 2013 at 04:40 PM
Thanks for the clarification Liz.
Dan Dachelet July 02, 2013 at 10:23 AM
Also, the tour of the site was two Saturday's ago. 50+ attendees were treated with a historical and ecological tour of the Cove. To learn more about this and other events that affect Higganum go to www.higgganumvisiongroup.org.

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