United States
                       Protection Agency
                       Washington, D.C. 20460
  Solid Waste
  and Emergency
  Response (5105)
April 2001
 <>EPA      Brownfields  Cleanup
                       Revolving  Loan  Fund   Pilot
                                                                         NewMilford, CT
Outreach and Special Projects Staff (5105)
                       Quick Reference Fact Sheet
EPA's Brownfields Economic Redevelopment Initiative is designed to empower states, communities, and other stakeholders
in economic redevelopment to work together in a timely manner to prevent, assess, safely clean up, and sustainably reuse
brown fields. A brown field is a site, or portion thereof, that has actual or perceived contamination and an active potential for
redevelopment or reuse. EPA is funding: assessment demonstration pilot programs (each funded up to $250,000 over two
years), to assess brownfields sites and to test cleanup and redevelopment models;job training pilot programs (each funded
up to $200,000 over two years), to provide training for residents of communities affected by brownfields to facilitate cleanup
of brownfields sites and prepare trainees for future employment in the environmental field; and, brownfields cleanup revolving
loan fund (BCRLF) programs (each funded up to $1,000,000 over five  years), to provide financial assistance for the
environmental cleanup of brownfields. These pilot programs are intended to provide EPA, states, tribes, municipalities, and
communities with useful information and strategies as they continue to seek new methods to promote a unified approach to
site assessment, environmental cleanup, and redevelopment.

The Town of New Milford is a small, rural community
in western Connecticut. Like many towns in New
England, New Milford has lost much of its original
industrial base.  Many of the town's families  earn
moderate incomes. However, the neighborhoods that
surround the  blighted,  industrially-zoned core  are
characterized  by economic hardship. Many of the
residents of these areas once worked in the industrial
properties that are now abandoned or underutilized. In
these areas, the average annual household income is
less than half the national average at $17,935. New
Milford's brownfields sites have excellent potential for
reuse because New Milford is growing rapidly, is close
to a labor pool, and has excellent transportation access.


New Milford is working hard to rebound from the loss
of its industrial base and the resulting disinvestment
and blight. Brownfields cleanup and redevelopment
will create jobs, increase the tax base, and improve the
overall quality of life. The town's overall brownfields
objectives are to  identify and  prioritize  all sites,
perform site assessments, identify strategies for reuse,
and redevelop priority sites. The New Milford BCRLF
New Milford, CT
                          Date of Announcement:
                          April 2001

                          Amount: $1.0 million

                          BCRLF Target Area:
                          Industrially-zoned land in
                          New Milford, including the
                          72-acre DAVKO site,
                          nearby quarries, and the
                          Town Garage

New Milford Community Planning and
Economic Development Department
     Region 1 Brownfields
      Visit the EPA Region 1 Brownfields web site at:

For further information, including specific Pilot contacts, additional
 Pilot information, brownfields news and events, and publications
     and links, visit the EPA Brownfields web site at:

will  provide  a sorely needed  funding  source  for
brownfields cleanup.

New Milford's BCRLF program is focused primarily
on the DAVKO site, nearby quarries, and the Town
Garage. Cleanup of the DAVKO site (formerly Century
Brass) is a high priority. This  site is located directly
above  the town's  water  supply   and  has  good
redevelopment  potential.  Potential  BCRLF  loan
recipients have been identified. Proposed reuse options
include a commercial laundry (creating 300 jobs), a
propane  gas  distributor, and an  "Internet  hotel"
(housing for mainframe computers that  run  the


The  Town  of New  Milford  is  the  cooperative
agreement recipient, and will serve as the lead agency
and fund manager. The Army Corps of Engineers will
serve as the site manager.

New  Milford is  committed to leveraging  other
sources of  funding  and  private investment to
complement  EPA funds. BCRLF recipients can
apply for funds from the  Connecticut Economic
Development Incentive Program, which offers tax
incentives for potential developers. Other sources to
be pursued  for cleanup include the  Connecticut
Special Contaminated Property Remediation and
Insurance Fund, the Connecticut UST Cleanup Fund
and EPA's UST Fields Initiative. The Public Works,
Finance, and Community Planning & Economic
Development Departments may provide additional
resources to the BCRLF program. The Town of New
Milford is also considering contributing a portion of
brownfields land sale proceeds to the BCRLF.
 Use of BCRLF Pilot funds must be in accordance with
 CERCLA,  and all CERCLA restrictions on use of
funding also apply to BCRLF funds.
Brownfields Cleanup Revolving Loan Fund Pilot
                                  New Milford, CT
                                 EPA 500-F-01-241