Waste Site Cleanup & Reuse in New England
Everett Avenue Urban Renewal District
|This Brownfields success story was completed before the signing of the 2002 Brownfields Legislation. The Job Training Pilot Program is now called the Job Training Program and the Assessment Demonstration Pilot Program is now called the Assessment Grant Program.|
Success in Brownfields Assessment Demonstration
Pilot Program and Brownfields Environmental Job Training Pilot Program
Located in the city of Chelsea, the primary land use within the Everett Avenue Urban Renewal District is outdoor storage of junk cars and equipment. Using Brownfields Assessment Demonstration and Job Training Pilot funding, the City began the redevelopment process of this 65-acre property by conducting a site assessment on a 10-acre site.
The Houston-based Wedge Group purchased two of the 10 acres for $1.2 million to construct a $17 million, 180-room, full-service Wyndham Garden Hotel. The seven-story facility is scheduled to open in October 2000, and is the first major hotel within Chelsea's borders. It will serve as the centerpiece of the Everett Avenue Urban Renewal District. The new hotel is expected to employ as many as 100 workers and generate approximately $400,000 in tax revenue annually.
The Wedge Group also pledged $1 per night per rented room for the next five years to the Chelsea Boys and Girls club, a commitment that will total $250,000. This pledge will kick-off the Boys and Girls Club's $10 million capital campaign to build a new, permanent Chelsea clubhouse.