Chromium Process building demolition in Shelton is one step closer

The Board of Aldermen has voted to authorize the mayor to implement a $1,019,470 grant from the state to remediate and demolish the Chromium Process building and property on Canal and West Canal streets in downtown Shelton.

The aldermen also moved to provide $25,000 in city funds to pay for related administrative, legal and testing costs.

Chromium Process is the large brick building at the end of Center Street, and also includes a small parcel on the Housatonic River side of Canal Street. The city acquired the property, which has environmental issues from past industrial use, through foreclosure in 2013.

The combined two parcels are about 1.2 acres.

Once demolished, it’s likely the land where the building is now will become a municipal parking lot. The riverfront land is expected to become part of a larger mixed-use development.

The building is on a site that is considered a key parcel in redevelopment efforts, partly because knocking down the structure will help form a connection between Howe Avenue, Canal Street and the Housatonic River.

It’s uncertain when demolition might take place, with certain remediation steps being required first.

The project will be overseen by the Shelton Economic Development Corp., a private, nonprofit entity that works on development issues in Shelton, in collaboration with the city

Mostly state funds

Aldermanic President John Anglace said he was impressed the city would have to spend so little of its own funds when compared to the state grant.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Anglace said. “I think we should show our appreciation for that.”

Like some other aldermen and Mayor Mark Lauretti, Anglace has been known to sometimes complain about the matching fund requirements and other strings that often come with state and federal grants.

The Chromium Process funding came through a state Department of Economic and Community Development brownfields grant.