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Claremont property ready for redevelopment

By Damien Fisher
Union Leader Correspondent
October 10. 2018 9:29PM
City Manager Ryan McNutt said he’s excited to see the possibilities in store for the former site of the Claremont Gas Works come to fruition now the property is clean. (Damien Fisher/Union Leader Correspondent)



City Manager Ryan McNutt said hes excited to see the possibilities in store for the former site of the Claremont Gas Works come to fruition now the property is clean. (By Damien Fisher,Union Leader Correspondent)
CLAREMONT - After close to 10 years of effort, the former Claremont Gas Works site along the Sugar River is now ready for redevelopment.

“Once again we have an example of forward-looking progress here in Claremont,” said Alexandre Dunn, New England regional administration for the Environmental Protection Agency.

The site had been home to Claremont Gas Works, and later Synergy, and finally AmeriGas. AmeriGas is the company that stepped up to aid in the cleanup efforts.

For decades under Claremont Gas Works, gas was manufactured on the property, creating a toxic sludge that needed remediation.

Dunn said coal tar, a byproduct of the gas manufacturing process, was left to seep into the soil, and into the sediment of the Sugar River.

Working with AmeriGas and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, the EPA removed contaminated soil, sludge and sediment, demolished some dilapidated buildings at the site, and stabilized the river bank.

“Now it has room to be part of Claremont's future,” Dunn said.

Bob Scott, DES commissioner, said the work to clean the site includes trucking off 9,000 tons of contaminated soil, as well as treating 7,500 tons of contaminated material on site.

Jane Taylor, Claremont's former city attorney, said the push to get something done on the site started in 2008, though work on the cleanup didn't begin until 2015. There were years of behind-the-scenes conversations and negotiations between the state, federal, and local interests, she said.

With the site considered clean and ready for development, AmeriGas formally handed the deed to the property over to the city. McNutt said he looks forward to inviting everyone back when the site for a grand opening when the site is developed.


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