Remediation and demolition of Brownfields site for reuse as senior housing

For Erickson Living, a national builder and manager of continuing care facilities nationwide, Nobis provided comprehensive environmental and engineering services to support the transformation of an unoccupied and former screw, bolt, and metal fasteners manufacturing facility and brownfields site into planned senior housing to serve the community.

The former Freetown Screw Manufacturing facility operated from the mid-1930s to the late 1980s. Due to past manufacturing operations, the site and remaining building structure included heavy metals, solvents, and petroleum hydrocarbons contamination.

Nobis conducted remedial investigations, hazardous material building surveys, and prepared construction bid documents addressing hazardous building materials abatement and building demolition tasks. Nobis conducted a ground penetrating radar survey, provided oversight during the site remediation phase, and participated in Town meetings and public outreach sessions to communicate project progress, site cleanup options, and the results.

Challenges

  • Planned re-use of the site for senior housing required demolition of the existing building and addressing on-site contamination in a manner that would protect several nearby property abutters from exposure and risks to hazardous building materials or site contaminants.
  • Obtaining Town funding and successfully navigating through a complex regulatory process would be necessary for project completion and reuse of the property.

Solutions

  • Nobis’ Brownfield experts successfully supported the Town to be awarded $460,000 of critical MassDevelopment Brownfields grant funding to put towards the site cleanup.
  • Nobis assisted the Town in preparing and coordinating access agreements to residential and commercial properties.

Results

Following the successful demolition of the former manufacturing facility building debris and site cleanup, East Freetown and Erickson Living were provided with a cleaned up site approved for beneficial reuse.