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RiverMills Phase II - Former Uniroyal Tire Complex Property

154 Grove Street, Chicopee, MA 01020

The former Uniroyal Tire Complex property consists of approximately 28 acres of land, originally developed during the late 1800s. In 1870 the property was used as a lumber yard by the Chicopee Manufacturing Company. From 1896 to 1898 the property was owned by the Spaulding and Pepper Company, who manufactured bicycle tires. The Fisk Rubber Company, which later changed its name to United States Rubber Company and then to Uniroyal, Inc., manufactured bicycle, automobile and truck tires and adhesives from 1898 to 1981. Uniroyal, Inc. closed their plant in 1980 and sold the property to the neighboring Facemate Corporation in 1981. Facemate leased portions of the Uniroyal buildings to various companies for manufacturing, printing, machine shops, office, storage and health care facilities. Eleven (11) vacant buildings remain at the Site. Michelin North America, Inc. (MNA) acquired the assets of Uniroyal, Inc. circa 1990 and is considered the primary responsible party (PRP) dealing with residual contamination at the property. The former Uniroyal property is adjacent to another post-industrial Brownfields property, the former Facemate property. Collectively known as RiverMills at Chicopee Falls, the City initiated a visioning process in 2010 for both sites, totaling some 65 acres. The RiverMills Vision Plan, completed in December 2010, envisions the creation of a mixed-use community set within the framework of the Chicopee Falls neighborhood. Development visions are based on the results of a detailed Market Study completed as part of the visioning process that identified key areas of demand that could be met through redevelopment at RiverMills. As defined by the Market Study and incorporated into the Vision Plan, RiverMills is envisioned to support 33,500 square feet of commercial/retail space; 69,000-131,000 square feet of office space; and between 131-183 new residential units. The Vision was developed to be a flexible framework to guide the redevelopment process and the City is willing to work with interested developers to realize the most appropriate development scheme for the property.

1,219,680 sq feet , 28 acres
Asking Price or Appraised Value
(Price negotiable / Not recently appraised. Price will not be the only factor when considering a developer’s interest. )
Ownership Status
Property owned by the City of Chicopee
Existing Zoning & Property Land Use
Mill Conversion and Commercial Center Overlay District / Land is currently vacant
Surrounding Land Uses
Property is adjacent to the Chicopee River; Residential, commercial, office and civic uses within close proximity. Easy access to Memorial Drive and Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90)
Site Characterization Status
Various consultants have completed environmental studies on the Uniroyal property, dating back to the early 1980’s. A Phase I Limited Site Investigation was completed by ECS in March 1991. A Phase II Comprehensive Site Assessment (CSA) was completed by ECS in August 1997. Additional Phase II Investigations were completed by ECS in February 1998. A Supplemental Phase II CSA was completed by Gannett Fleming in June 2005. Gannet Fleming also completed a Phase III Remedial Alternatives Analysis in June 2005 as well as various Phase IV Remedy Implementation Plans from March, 2006 through April 2010. Additional work since that date has been completed by GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc. and includes a Supplemental Phase II CSA, dated January 2011. Eleven (11) ‘exposure units’ have been established to distinguish areas of environmental control. One (1) Release Tracking Number (RTN) is currently active at the site (1-0436), which has been linked to other RTNs. All known USTs have been removed and all transformers have been drained and removed from the Site. In 2010, the City demolished Buildings 1-6 to their foundations. The excavation and off-site management of contaminated surface soil has been completed at several locations. PCB-impacted soil was consolidated and relocated between existing buildings under a temporary cap. It is likely that this consolidation area will be relocated in the future to improve redevelopment options. Supplemental Phase II Investigations were completed during January 2011. Currently known residual contamination includes PCBs, heavy metals, EPH, SVOCs & VOCs in soil and EPH & VOCs in groundwater. PCBs have also been identified in accumulated sediment in on-site stormwater drainage systems and in the toe drain system for the flood control dikes that border the westerly boundary of the Site. MNA has executed cleaning of the stormwater and toe drain systems during 2011, under an EPA-approved TSCA Work Plan. MNA’s responsibilities as a PRP at the Uniroyal property are primarily related to the assessment and remediation of existing environmental contamination under Chapter 21E, the Massachusetts Contingency Plan and the Toxic Substances Control Act regulations. The assessment and abatement of hazardous substances within the on-site buildings, along with actual demolition of most of the buildings, are the City’s responsibility and are funded separate from MNA’s efforts. To date, the City has demolished only six buildings; 17 structures remain to be abated and demolished. The City is working in cooperation with MNA to help prioritize site cleanup activities, but ‘unknown subsurface conditions’ remain under existing buildings and related structures. Additional sampling of sediments in the Chicopee River has also been required by Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP). As additional buildings are demolished at the Site, MNA has indicated they will be implementing supplemental subsurface investigations. It is important to note that MNA’s obligation for response actions will not fully achieve redevelopment requirements and that additional environmental cleanup will likely be required.
Estimated Remaining Cleanup Costs
Closest Community/City
Chicopee, MA
Potential local, state, tribal and other incentives
Local: TIFF, Community Development Block Grants (CDGB), One-stop permitting & Common Capital programs State: MassDevelopment Brownfields Priority Project, Brownfield Support Team (BST) Initiative Project, Brownfields Access to Capital (BRAC), MassWorks Infrastructure Program, Commonwealth Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP), Gateway Community funding, Historic Rehabilitation and Housing Tax Credits, Brownfields Tax Credits Federal: Historic Rehabilitation and Housing Tax Credits, New Market Tax Credits
Site Assembly
Yes, RiverMills Phase I – Lot 3 is adjacent to the Uniroyal property. Other undeveloped parcels are adjacent to the site.
For more info contact
Lee M. Pouliot, LEED Green Associate / Planner & Administrator
Phone: 413-594-1488 / Email: