Brattleboro Area Farmers Market Receives Grant from WRC
The Brattleboro Area Farmers Market (BAFM) received a $35,000 grant on May 18, 2015 through the Windham Regional Commission Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund. BAFM will use the funds from the WRC to remediate contamination on the former Planet Gas site, located at 70 Western Avenue in Brattleboro..
As part of mitigation, the site will be re-graded and redeveloped with the creation of additional parking to serve the Saturday farmer's market, a safe greenspace, a sidewalk for improved connectivity, and enhancement to the site's aesthetic quality. The gas station building and canopy will be removed during redevelopment. The project is scheduled for construction in the summer of 2015.
WRC assisted BAFM with site assessment in 2014, due to the former use of the property as a gas station. Like many former gas stations corrective action is necessary to mitigate potential impacts to human health and the environment. Soils present at the site are contaminated with varying concentrations of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons, (PAHs) Arsenic, Polychlorinated Biphenyls, (PCBs), and Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPHs). None of these are airborne or pose immediate public health risks. The site will be remediated with a combination of geotextile fabric, a clean soil and/or gravel barrier, and sidewalk paving. Land use restrictions in the form of a deed restriction will also be implemented to ensure that the protective cap is maintained.