News-Times | by Susan Tuz | June 25, 2015

century brassThe town is reviewing a number of bids that have been received for the demolition of the old Century Brass mill on Scovill Road.

Mayor Pat Murphy said Monday about seven bids were received last week with three of the bids within the town’s target price range. A $2.5 million state grant has been received toward demolition and environmental cleanup of the 320,000-square-foot mill structure.

Murphy said the town and the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the Department of Economic and Community Development will each review the bids. The bid is expected to be awarded on July 9 and Murphy hopes the demolition is completed by the fall.

A total of 17 contractors participated last month in the town-required walk-through of the mill.

The Housatonic Railroad line runs along the front of the property. However, Murphy said it is unknown if any of the firms that bid would use the railroad to transport demolition debris.

The town has already invested in a multimillion dollar environmental cleanup of the land with federal and state grants. The town, which took ownership of the 72-acre site in 1999 through a tax foreclosure, has made a $4.4 million investment in sewer, water and road infrastructure improvements on the property.

The preliminary plans for the property include a construction of a road to provide an alternate route from Boardman Road/Housatonic Avenue with its low train trestle underpass. Industrial lots are proposed along the front of the property with its railroad track access. The Public Works campus is planned to be moved from Young’s Field Road to 17 acres on the site. The site represents about 15 percent of all the industrial-zoned land in the town.