Greenwich-Mohawk Brownfield Project 

Remediation Update: March 2017

The soil remediation program is completed! In total, 148,900 cubic metres of contaminated soil was excavated. Of this 35,740 cubic metres (24%) was above the original remediation estimates.  In terms of sustainability: 73% of the contaminated soil was treated on site and reused, and only 27% of soil was disposed offsite.

A public information meeting will be organized in the coming months. The most up to date Staff Report from March. 7, 2017 can be accessed here

Thank you to everyone who lives and works in the neighbourhood for your patience and support throughout the project. It's thanks to the support of the neighbourhood that many of the unique challenges were sucesssfully overcome.

Questions or Concerns

If you have any questions about this project, please phone Tara Tran, Project Manager, at 519.759.4150 ext. 5684 or send an email.

Air Quality Monitoring Results

The City has been completing air quality monitoring and the latest results to April 2016 show that there are no exceedances to Ontario O.Reg 419/03, which is the applicable standard. The City's current air monitoring program will be suspended while a new plan is being developed to address the remaining soil remediation on 347 Greenwich Street. The air monitoring program will be updated as needed to best address the upcoming work. To date, the air quality monitoring results are compliant with Ministry of Environment and Climate Change standards.  Please contact Tara Tran, Project Manager, at 519.759.4150 ext. 5684 or send an email to discuss these results further.

To help minimize odours, there were8 Ecosorb units located around the site. They look like fans hooked up to a barrel. The fans released an odour suppressant product to capture odour molecules. To learn more about the product that was used, please see the safety data sheets below.

Project Meetings

The City hosted a public information meeting on August 25, 2015 at 7 p.m. at the Civic Centre Auditorium. At the meeting, the Project Team gave an update on the additional strategies we are taking to reduce dust and odour issues, as well as answer questions about the air quality monitoring program. If you were unable to attend, you may download the August 25 meeting notes

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

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Meeting Notices

A public information meeting will be held to summarize the remediation program, as well as provide information on next steps for redevelopment. Stay Tuned! Or email Tara Tran, Project Manager, to be added to the Email List to receive notice of upcoming events.

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Click to access the meetings calendar includes meeting dates and times for all meetings of City Committees, Boards, Task Forces, Council and Ward and Other Public Meetings in a calendar view format.

Greenwich-Mohawk Brownfield Redevelopment Project

The Greenwich-Mohawk Brownfield Site is a 50-acre brownfield site located in the Southeast area of Brantford. The site is a land assembly of 3 properties municipally known as 22 Mohawk Street (7.5 acres), 66 Mohawk Street (15.9 acres), and 347 Greenwich Street (28.3 acres). The site is bisected by the Toronto, Hamilton, and Buffalo (TH & B) Railway Spur line. All three properties are owned by the City of Brantford.

Once considered the heart of Canada’s farm manufacturing industry, the brownfield area boasted thriving industries such as Massey-Harris, Massey-Ferguson, Cockshutt-Plow Company, and the Adams Wagon Factories. These industries have since vacated the property and today, the site sits in a largely abandoned state. All of the buildings on 22 Mohawk Street have been demolished. At 66 Mohawk Street, the only remaining buildings are the former office/warehouse and timekeeper’s buildings for the Cockshutt Plow Company, which have been designated under the Ontario Heritage Act. On 347 Greenwich Street, all buildings have been vacated except for one that is occupied by the Canadian Military Heritage Museum.

As part of the City’s brownfield initiative, the remediation and redevelopment of the Greenwich-Mohawk brownfield site was identified as a priority for municipal investment to initiate private sector interest. In 2002, the City commissioned the “Greenwich-Mohawk Streets Brownfields Sites Remediation Study”, which examined the opportunities and constraints of the property in its existing state. The study was approved by Council in 2004 and has since guided the City in all of its actions carried out on the site.

Throughout the property acquisition process, the City worked to remove barriers to development on the site. This included eliminating the existing liens and tax arrears on the property, demolishing unsafe buildings, as well as removing debris, combustible materials, and underground storage tanks. Additionally, the City has carried out further environmental and structural investigations in a number of areas throughout the site.

As part of its Five-year Official Plan review programme, the City examined the Greenwich-Mohawk site, and proposed policy specific to these lands. In 2007, the City of Brantford Council approved Official Plan amendment (OPA) 125, which addressed a range of items including proposed policy for the Greenwich-Mohawk site. The proposed policy re- designated the lands from "General Industrial" to a land use designation that permits residential, commercial, open space, and cultural uses. This re-designation was accompanied by a justification study completed as part of the review process. The Provincial Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing approved OPA 125 in late 2008; however, the entire amendment was appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board. At this time, the Appeal remains outstanding (January 2010).

The City has obtained financial support in the amount of $12 million from the Federal Government and $5 million from the Province of Ontario for the remediation of the lands. The City has a Brownfield Sites Community Improvement Plan in place and a Brownfields Financial Tax Incentive Program that can provide financial assistance towards the redevelopment of the lands.

The City has completed demolition of the existing vacant buildings on the site, with the exception of the Timekeepers Office Building and Timekeepers portico, and the Canadian Military Heritage Museum. The Museum will remain on site and is currently open and accessible to the public.



 

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347 Greenwich Street

66 Mohawk Street

22 Mohawk Street

Staff Reports and Presentations

All Brownfield