Select Page

Gilbert and Bennett Wiremill

The Gilbert and Bennett Wire mill is the heart of Redding’s Georgetown neighborhood. Plans to redevelop the site into a mixed use village collapsed amid the financial crash of 2008 and the ensuing recession. What follows is an abbreviated timeline of key events in the history of the redevelopment.

  • 1848         Gilbert & Bennett Manufacturing Co. begins operations in Georgetown
  • 1989         Gilbert & Bennett Manufacturing Co. declares bankruptcy and closes the mill
  • 2002         Gilbert & Bennett tax liens are sold to Georgetown Land Development Corp. (GLDC)
  • 2004         GLDC develops plans for a mixed-use walkable village district
  • 2005         Redding Zoning Commission approves the GLDC Master Plan
  • 2005         CT Legislature passes legislation creating a Georgetown Special Taxing District
  • 2005         Georgetown Special Taxing District receives $5mm USDA loan to build sewer
  • 2008         Financial crash of 2008 stalls redevelopment
  • 2009         Georgetown Special Taxing district issues $14,45 million GO Bond to finance project
  • Between 2009 and 2015 Multiple attempts to revive the development fail
  • 2015         Town of Redding files foreclosure lawsuit against GLDC 

PAGE BUILD IN PROGRESS…….

 

 

Environmental

Gilbert & Bennett Wiremill site is a Brownfield.

A brownfield is defined by Connecticut General Statutes §32-760 as “any abandoned or underutilized site where redevelopment, reuse or expansion has not occurred due to the presence or potential presence of pollution in the buildings, soil or groundwater that requires investigation or remediation before or in conjunction with the restoration, redevelopment, reuse and expansion of the property.”

Prior site assessments performed at the Gilbert & Bennett Manufacturing Facility (Not a complete list)

  1. Phase I Environmental Site Assessment dated March 1994, prepared by Malcolm Pirnie
  2. Phase II Environmental Site Assessment dated November 1994, prepared by Malcolm Pirnie (2 Volumes)
  3. Phase II Environmental Site Assessment Final Report Addendum dated November 1994, prepared by Malcolm Pirnie
  4. RCRA Facility Assessment Report dated 1995, prepared by Malcolm Pirnie (3 volumes)
  5. Container Storage Areas Closure Certification Report dated May 1996, prepared by Malcolm Pirnie
  6. RCRA Facility Investigation Final Report dated February 6, 1998, prepared by Conestoga-Rovers & Associates (2 volumes)
  7. Interim Human Health Risk Assessment RCRA Facility Investigation dated September 1997, prepared by Conestoga-Rovers & Associates
  8. Interim Ecological Risk Assessment RCRA Facility Investigation dated September 1997, prepared by Conestoga-Rovers & Associates
  9. Human Health Risk Assessment RCRA Facility Investigation dated March 1998, prepared by Conestoga-Rovers & Associates (2 volumes)
  10. Ecological Risk Assessment RCRA Facility Investigation dated April 1998, prepared by Conestoga-Rovers & Associates

 

Wire Mill Public Forum Recordings

Redding Got Mill 9-30-15 from Robert Moran on Vimeo.

Speakers:
Tim Sullivan, Deputy Commissioner CT DECD
Wes Haynes, CT Trust for Historic Preservation 
Julia Pemberton, First Selectwoman