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Meeting this month will update Watertown residents on contaminated Army building

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  July 12, 2013 10:00 AM

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The Army Corps of Engineers will update locals later this month on their clean-up of the contaminated property at Arsenal Street and Greenough Boulevard.

The Army Corps of Engineers will hold a public meeting Tuesday, July 23 to update local residents on their clean-up of the contaminated property at Arsenal Street and Greenough Boulevard that is slated to become recreational space.

The meeting will take place in the Watertown Savings Bank meeting room of the Watertown Public Library from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., according to the town.

The property is polluted with polychlorinated biphenyls from prior military use: the Army used it until the mid-1960s for storing equipment, vehicles, and various scrap material, officials from the engineering corps previously told the Globe.

The Army Corps is working with the town to decontaminate the site by removing the polluted soil and cap the property to create a wetland, which would be transferred from the federal government to the state Department of Conservation and Recreation.

The completed project would not aim to host water activities, but would accommodate walking trails and other passive recreation activities, officials said.

Corps officials previously said they hope to finish the project by the end of this year.

For more information, contact Watertown's conservation/preservation agent Christopher Hayward at 617-972-6426 or chayward@watertown-ma.gov.

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