EPA Lauds Efforts to Redevelop Superfund Site
The federal Environmental Protection Agency has commended the Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders and other local partners for efforts to transform the American Cyanamid Co. Superfund site in Bridgewater into a job- and revenue-generating success story.
“Collaboration and cooperation among EPA, NJDEP, Wyeth, Somerset County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Bridgewater Township Mayor and Council, Borough of Bound Brook Mayor and Council, site developers, and the community has made possible the successful reuse of 140 acres at the American Cyanamid Co. Superfund site,” the EPA notes in a 15-page economic case study.
“This is an excellent example of a team effort that has brought prosperity to a once-blighted property,” said Freeholder Director Brian D. Levine. “Starting in the mid-1990s, various Freeholder boards have worked tirelessly with local partners to help guide the site’s redevelopment. The county’s Administration, Planning and Engineering divisions, along with the county Park Commission, all were involved in developing a vision for the entire property, including the retail component.”
The report focuses on the Hill Property, which today includes the Bridgewater Promenade shopping center as well as TD Bank Ballpark, home to the Somerset Patriots minor-league baseball team.
“The Somerset Patriots look forward to partnering in future development on the site for the benefit of all stakeholders," said Steve Kalafer, chairman emeritus of the Somerset Patriots. "For over two decades, Somerset County, guided by the Board of Chosen Freeholders, along with the Township of Bridgewater, have shown unprecedented leadership and teamwork to redevelop the former site of American Cyanamid. They have done so with the very best for residents and the community in mind. The ability to reuse over 140 acres around the ballpark property will allow for new revenue and prosperity for the area.”
“The EPA report describes a Somerset County success story,” said Somerset County Business Partnership President and CEO Mike Kerwin. “Congratulations to the Freeholders and to our community partners for their collaboration in restoring this critical site.”
“The close cooperation between agencies and site stakeholders made sure that the remedy for the Hill Property was protective of public health and the environment and compatible with commercial and recreational reuse,” the report states. “Wyeth continues to explore future use options for remaining areas of the site, ranging from light industrial to additional recreational uses. EPA, NJDEP, and Wyeth will coordinate to make sure that proposed future uses for these areas will be compatible with ongoing cleanup and the long-term protection of public health and the environment.”
Today, the Hill Property supports businesses that provide jobs and services to the community and strive to do so in environmentally conscious ways. On-site businesses support local economic growth, providing about 1,470 jobs and nearly $40 million in estimated annual employee income. In 2017, on-site businesses generated about $327.7 million in sales revenue.