After two or three years of working to clean up one of the city's most visible contaminated sites, city, state and federal agencies are finalizing a coordinated plan that will return the Universal Steel Site to productive use.
The proposed plan for the site at 297-305 Bridge Street provides for tearing down an existing building and remediating the contaminated soil, said City Planner Lynn Duncan.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the state Department of Environmental Protection Agency and city officials will present the plan in detail at a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday (tonight) at the City Hall Annex, 120 Washington St. on the third floor.
"The City of Salem has been working closely with EPA and DEP to identify dollars and resources to clean up this vacant, brownfield site," said the city's announcement.
Representatives of the three agencies will be at the meeting to discuss the remediation plan and answer questions.
On completion of the remediation project, the city plans to use the site for temporary parking during the construction of the garage. Once the garage is finished, the city will solicit proposals to redevelop the site and return it to the city's tax roles, Duncan said.