WRC Awards Brownfields Funding to Deerfield Valley Transit Association
In June, Windham Regional Commission signed an agreement with Deerfield Valley Transit Association (DVTA) for a loan/grant combination for $171,500 for brownfields clean up at the former Barnboard site in Wilmington. DVTA is the operator of a community transit system for the area around the Deerfield Valley and is known for their trademark buses with a Holstein motif. The grant is being used for the remediation of the Barnboard site as part of the construction of their new facility.
The project is a 16,000 sq ft facility with offices, driver facilities, maintenance bays, a sophisticated bus wash system with 90% water reclamation, a 12,000 gallon above-ground diesel fuel tank, Riverwalk Trail with benches and historical displays, parking for 30 buses and 35 cars for staff, and the public retention of one storage building (Biodiesel Shop).
Established in 2011 the Windham Region Brownfields Reuse Initiative – Revolving Loan Fund provides loans and grants to facilitate cleanup of contaminated properties (Brownfields) in the towns of the WRC’s service area. The purpose of this program is to assist in the revitalization of these properties, to promote jobs and a cleaner environment in the WRC Region. It is intended that these loans and grants fill funding gaps for cleanup and ultimate redevelopment of Brownfields. Loan funds are available to public, private and nonprofits and grants are available to municipalities and nonprofits.