CME is collaborating with the Town of Thompson and a real estate investment firm on a redevelopment plan for the largest historic mill in Connecticut, located in the heart of Thompson’s North Grosvendordale village.
Work to date has included performing Environmental Assessments and developing Remediation plans for the site. In 2019, CME began to plan for the site’s future development. Our team is currently working on a comprehensive traffic and pedestrian study, zoning regulation modifications, community outreach and visioning, and concept plan development.
CME, working collaboratively with the Town, secured over $400,000 in grant funding to support this project.
The River Mill is a beloved community landmark, and its future looks bright today. CME conducted comprehensive Phase I, II and III environmental investigations and worked on behalf of the Town to develop a path forward that will leverage earlier site assessments and remediation conducted by others to achieve a clean site and regulatory closure.
With help from CME, the Town sought suitable developers, and found one with the vision and proven success converting industrial structures to vibrant, mixed-use developments. Next, CME prepared a successful Connecticut Brownfield Areawide Revitalization (BAR) Grant application for the Town. The BAR grant is funding important studies that will facilitate the River Mill’s redevelopment, and ensure its success will benefit the entire community.
As part of the BAR project, CME is working closely with town staff, the developer, and representatives of the Connecticut DEEP, DECD, SHPO and other stakeholders. We are organizing a series of public workshops to gather feedback from the community for visioning and planning the redevelopment. Over the coming months, a master plan will be developed to address infrastructure capacity and anticipated needs; traffic volume and safety; connectivity between various community assets, neighborhoods and commercial areas; riverfront stabilization and flood prevention measures; stylistic and aesthetic treatments for cohesive village identity; and regulatory revisions to pave the way for the River Mill rehabilitation and revitalization of the village.