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Our Katahdin Brownfields Cleanup

Our Katahdin, a nonprofit organization located in the Katahdin region of Maine, selected TRC to act as the Qualified Environmental Professional for their EPA Brownfields Cleanup Grant. The $200,000 grant funded the cleanup of the abandoned Miller’s Department Store in Millinocket, Maine.

The building was constructed in 1916 and had been vacant since 2008. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection funded a Phase I and II ESA as well as cleanup planning from the State’s Brownfields program. Asbestos was identified in building materials and the building façade, among other substrates. The building has been vacant since 2008 and suffered from significant disrepair and neglect, including a leaking roof and a basement that continually flooded, which caused significant mold growth throughout the building. The majority of the contaminants were located on the interior of the building with the exception of the façade materials. If left unaddressed, the building would have continued to deteriorate over time to the point where hazardous substances may have adversely impact the health of trespassers, downtown pedestrians and the surrounding community.

TRC oversaw the abatement and removal of the asbestos and mold and conducted post-removal air clearance testing. We worked with Our Katahdin and EPA to ensure that the cleanup funds were properly allocated and expended to ensure a successful cleanup.

Following the completion of abatement activities, the store was redeveloped into a vibrant community hub that includes two retail spaces and a pilot co-working space.

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