Welcome to the NEYT Environmental Cleanup Page!
Dear NEYT Community,
I am thrilled to announce that on Monday, October 16th, we will start the asbestos abatement at 56 Elm (aka The Livery Building). As many of you know, this is a Brownfields site, which means that it is contaminated from its past industrial use.
Asbestos abatement is a straightforward procedure, and will not impact NEYT’s operational use.
What is the timeline?
The asbestos abatement will take place starting mid October. You can expect to see a crew of five people working on site until November.
As early as March 2018, NEYT will take down the Livery Building and replace it with an outdoor classroom. NEYT will remain operational during this phase of the work, however it may temporarily impact parking availability.
Are there any safety concerns?
Asbestos was a common material used in insulation until the 1980s. Ingesting or inhaling asbestos fibers is associated with serious health concerns, which is why NEYT is working with the EPA and State of Vermont to remove it. We have hired LE Environmental to oversee the remediation, and EHM, Inc. to remove the asbestos. EMH will be securing the site and there is no risk for NEYT students or staff.
All of us at NEYT are excited to be moving forward on this project. We can’t wait to have additional outdoor performance and classroom space.
Dear NEYT Families,
As you may have noticed, there are now barriers around the former Tri State Auto Building, blocking off the sidewalk, part of our lawn, and parking lot. Some of the roof in the cinder block portion of the building collapsed. We are working as quickly as possible to stabilize the building. We are working with the Town of Brattleboro, Dept. of Public Works, Fire Department, and Police Department to mitigate the situation. We have done additional environmental testing and will be taking down part of the building as soon as possible.
We will share more information with the community as soon as it becomes available."
NEYT’s properties are Brownfields Sites. A brownfield, as defined by the US EPA, is “a property, the expansion, redevelopment or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.” NEYT’s main building is completely safe. However, like many former-industrial buildings, the Brick Building and Livery Building (red, wood building) contain lead, asbestos and Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs). None of these are airborne or present a serious health risk. We keep these buildings locks so that no one accidentally comes into contact with these materials.
Though it sounds scary, it’s important to know that these materials were common at the time they were being used. Contamination of this kind is fairly common and we are lucky to be an area with demonstrated excellence in brownfields remediation. The Brattleboro Transportation Center, Brattleboro Waterfront, and Algiers Village are all local success stories for similar projects. This is a typical problem for post-industrial sites. Thankfully, it is one that comes with a manageable solution.
NEYT has been working the Town of Brattleboro, Windham Regional Planning Commission, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation and United States Environmental Protection Agency since 2007. In May 2013, NEYT received a $400,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields Program for the cleanup.
Phase 1: In Summer 2015, we finished the first phase of the cleanup. This included the parking lot and green-space in front of the building. We also built an extension to the set shop and removed the lead-paint from the brick building. We’re still adding finishing touches, like flower gardens, to the site.
Phase 2: Phase 2 focuses on the Liver Building, the red wood building at 56 Elm Street. This building used to be a carriage shop, and was later used for storage by the paint factory next door.
Over the past year, we have worked with Stevens & Associates to design an outdoor amphitheater. This work is scheduled to happen in Summer 2017.
The cleanup planning was in partnership with the Town of Brattleboro.
NEYT has awarded the contract for QEP services at 56 Elm Street to LE Environmental.
Public Notice for CAP-Legal Notice pdf
The Brick Building: NEYT is evaluating its options for the Brick building. This beautiful building was built in 1904 as a machine shop. Unfortunately, the extent of its contamination makes its remediation quite complex.
Copies of the Corrective Action Plans are located in the offices of the New England Youth Theatre and Windham Regional Commission.
Want to Know More?
Windham Regional Commission
U.S. EPA Brownfields Homepage (http://www.epa.gov/brownfields/basic_info.htm#plan)
Click on the photo below for more photos of the parking lot construction that took place in the summer of 2015.