Grant will help pay for cleanup after factory fire in Waterbury - KCTV5

Grant will help pay for cleanup after factory fire in Waterbury

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WATERBURY, CT (WFSB) -

Flames tore through the old Nova Dye Factory in Waterbury about one year ago and now officials are focused on cleaning up after receiving a $2 million grant from the state.

State officials believe that they're fronting some money to help make it more marketable.

A year ago, the fire at the vacant building burned for a week because the facility was filled with trash, debris and contaminants.

The Waterbury Fire Department contained it and waited for it to burn out.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy toured the site Thursday with Mayor Neil O'Leary and other top officials after announcement of the grant for the area cleanup.

"I like to see where I'm making investments," Malloy said.

The money will be used to remove the debris, contamination and replace any soil that has to be removed.

O'Leary said once cleaned up the land could be used for residential, green space, retail and/or commercial. He also suggested the possibility of making the land into soccer or baseball fields.

The fire chief said they were not able to figure out exactly what caused the fire.

The cleanup work is scheduled to begin within the next three months.

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