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The Visiting Nurses Assisted Living Community

This Brownfields success story was completed before the signing of the 2002 Brownfields Legislation. The Assessment Demonstration Pilot Program is now called the Assessment Grant Program.
Success in Assessment Demonstration Pilot Program
Somerville, Massachusetts

Before Revitalization
Photo of the Palmer mattress factory, prior to redevelopment
The Palmer Mattress Factory.

Under Construction
Photo of the center under construction
Construction during October, 1999.

After Revitalization
Visiting Nurses Association facility after revitalization.

Renovated Visiting Nurses Association facility.

The site of a former mattress factory, this 82,000 square foot parcel had been vacant for more than two years. To spur redevelopment, the City of Somerville used funds from its EPA Brownfields Assessment Demonstration Pilot to complete a site assessment. Contaminants found to be present included barium, lead and petroleum waste.

The project's redeveloper, the Visiting Nurses Association, remediated the site and demolished the existing structures to construct an assisted-living facility and health center, containing 97 units for low-to-moderate income seniors.

Potential clean-up cost overruns for the project will be underwritten by the City of Somerville through an innovative environmental stop-loss insurance program developed through the City's Brownfields pilot.

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