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EPA-Ludlow Mills Brownfield Grants to Be Announced Monday, July 1

July 1, 2013
Press Release
Media Advisory
Contact: Kenn W. Delude, President/CEO
(413) 593?6421

EPA-Ludlow Mills Brownfield Grants
To Be Announced Monday, July 1

Ludlow—Representatives of Westmass Development, the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Town of Ludlow and state officials will join Congressman Richard Neal, State Senator Gale Candaras and State Representative Thomas Petrolati at an event announcing the award of EPA Brownfield Grants Monday, July 1, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Ludlow Mills complex, 100 State Street.

The EPA will award the Westmass Area Development Corporation two brownfield environmental remediation grants totaling $500,000 to remediate two structures, the so-called Storehouse Buildings at the Ludlow Mills complex. The grants will be used for abatement of asbestos materials.
According to Kenn Delude, President and CEO of Westmass, the developer of the 170-acre Ludlow Mills project, “This announcement will signify yet another positive step forward in the redevelopment of Ludlow Mills. Addressing the environmental issues on a site of this size is a significant challenge that requires the involvement and support of federal, state and local agencies and departments.  This EPA grant is vital and supplements the remediation investment that the state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs has already made here at the Ludlow Mills.  These grant funds are being used by Westmass to prepare the site for future mixed use development.”

In a statement made by Congressman Richard E. Neal, “The restoration of the Ludlow Mills complex is one of the most exciting economic development projects in western Massachusetts.  Not only does it preserve one of the most historic structures in the region, it will create hundreds of construction jobs and promote additional private investment.  Today’s federal grant will help expedite the environmental clean-up needed to keep this important project on schedule.  I believe the successful renovation of this iconic facility will be a game changer for the Town of Ludlow,” said Neal.

Construction is also well underway on the new HealthSouth rehabilitation hospital that will occupy about 10 acres of the former mill property.  Redevelopment of the Ludlow Mills complex over the next fifteen years could create and retain over 2,000 jobs and stimulate up to $300 million in private investment. The Ludlow Mills project is focused on commercial, industrial and a limited amount of residential development, Delude said.
Westmass is a founding affiliate of the EDC of Western Massachusetts and has successfully developed large-scale projects in the region for over 50 years.