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EPA, DEP and city officials to discuss, answer questions about fixing contaminated Bridge Street site at 6:30 p.m.

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.


christine June 13, 2012 at 02:32 PM
So... its worth cleaning this but not the transfer station site?
Jared Robinson June 13, 2012 at 02:36 PM
where is this? the part of Bridge Street that goes deep under water when it rains
William Legault June 13, 2012 at 02:50 PM
This site is absolutely worth cleaning up, the sooner the better. It has been a prominent eyesore from the North Street overpass for far too long.
Chris June 13, 2012 at 03:44 PM
So they do have plans for parking while the garage is being built! It looks small though, when compared to the current MBTA parking lot.
christine June 13, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Bill just stay focused on that site cause if you turn your sites to the other side you will be devastated! A much bigger area is far worse!
Your Neighbor June 13, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Christine, I couldn't agree more. However, for some reason the mayor doesn't accept the fact that we don't want to "give" the land to Northside Carting. The Transfer station mess was created by Salem, and it's our responsibility to clean it up. In fact, we should have done so long ago.
Don Nadeau June 13, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Sounds like the City is now the owner.
chester suchecki June 13, 2012 at 04:41 PM
there are sins over sins buried all over salem. the transfer station and universal stand out because we want to use the land but the sins stop us in our tracks.
Heidi June 13, 2012 at 11:06 PM
I guess this will be the next development sight to add to our already congested roads. Our mayor is making a traffic nightmare in this city, so she can say that she can look good for developing the city.
Rick B June 14, 2012 at 10:06 AM
Yes, across from the dog park.
Rick B June 14, 2012 at 10:06 AM
That whole section needs a revamp.
christine June 14, 2012 at 11:30 AM
I agree Heidi the sad part is she has kids to shuffle around and she is aware of the congested roads but still keeps spinning for the developers!


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