St. Johnsbury armory redevelopment gets $500K EPA grant

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ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) — A project to turn a former armory into a police station and emergency dispatch center in St. Johnsbury has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The money will be used to clean up environmental contamination at the site on Main Street, the Caledonian Record reported.

The grant was a “critical component” to the town’s plan to redevelop the armory, said Assistant Town Manager and Economic Development Director Joe Kasprzak.

“We expect that the EPA’s commitment to this project will help the town secure the other funding necessary to make this project move forward,” Kasprzak said on Wednesday.

The armory operated from 1916 through 1984 and the site is contaminated with PCBs, heavy metals and other contaminants. The estimated cost of the site clean-up and building renovation is about $5 million dollars.

St. Johnsbury is also seeking a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant from the state to help pay for the project.

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