CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – A long derelict parcel of property in Agawam is getting the attention of the City Council on Monday. Mayor Richard A. Cohen told the 22News I-Team that he has asked the council for $11,994 for an assessment that could clear the way for the clean up and development of the former Games and Lanes site on Walnut Street Extension.
The site has a MGL c.21E designation, meaning there is an existing environmental hazard on the property.
According to documents provided by the Mayor, a site assessment report in March 2014 found that additional sampling needed to be done. Cohen said that the Massachusetts Department of Environment Protection (MassDEP) has agreed to accept this next study as the final decision of the clean up plan.
The city has been working with Site Redevelopment Technologies (SRT), a company experienced in contamination clean up and property redevelopment. As part of their agreement, SRT has asked the city to pay for the final assessment. The City Council is expected to take a vote on approval of the money to be transferred from the Reserve Fund to the Community Development of Professional Services account.
The clean up is part of a long-term plan to create a mixed use district on Walnut Street Extension that will include a walkable area with open public spaces, shopping and restaurants. There have been several tenants in the former Food Mart shopping center. This past October the YMCA opened the Agawam Wellness and Program Family Center in the building.
The 22News I-Team will continue to follow this story and have the results of the City Council’s vote on Monday night.
Review the city’s documents: