August 7, 2008

Hearing Set on Proposed Rte. 12 Park

RICHMOND -- A public hearing on the proposed conversion of the Knowles Mill site, in Shannock, into a public park will be held tonight at 7 at the H.L. Arnold Fire And Safety Complex on Route 112.

The mill, also known as Carmichael Mill, was razed in 2006.

Geoffrey A. Marchant, director of the Community Development Consortium, said the group will report on the contaminants found on site and the proposed cleanup plan and present the concept plan for the park, which calls for public access to the Pawcatuck River and a footbridge over the river connecting Richmond and Charlestown.

Cleanup of the approximately one-acre site will include "hot spot removal and capping" and is expected to be completed by September 2009. The Environmental Protection Agency, which provided much of the funds, has listed the site among its brownfields success stories.

There will be also discussion on changing Shannock's zoning to allow village uses. Charlestown and Richmond officials have spoken of rezoning the village mixed commercial, which would allow by law the blend of commercial and residential uses that's historically occurred in Shannock.

Shannock has also been discussed as a possible area for affordable-housing projects.

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