ASHLAND – For more than two decades the property on Eliot Street has been an eyesore for the Town of Ashland.
Resident Edward Hart has been fighting to clean up the site since he moved into the neighborhood in 1991.
This morning, just after 8, work began to demolish the former Cadilac Paint and Varnish Co. property.
“We get things done in Ashland,” said its Town Manager Michael Herbert.
Last fall, Ashland Town Meeting appropriated $290,000 to clean up the site and turn it into a park.
State Rep. Jack Lewis, who attended the demolition this morning, was able to secure an additional $50,000 to the environmental cleanup from the state.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has labeled the former paint site as a Brownfield, land that can be redeveloped but may contain hazardous substances.
The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection after overseeing the cleanup of the site, including the soil, issued the permits to demolish the small white building this morning and later the large green building on the property.
Herbert said his goal is to have the park completed by late 2018.
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