#8220;[The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts] didn#8217;t respond to the [request for proposals],#8221; he said. #8220;Would they down the road? I don#8217;t know.#8221;
Councilor Robert Moulton Jr., expressed a concern with the arrangement of a $575,000 sale with the environmental caveat. He said he would be more comfortable with receiving a smaller price, between $400,000 and $450,000, and not being responsible for any of the cleanup.
But after the city addressed the issue, an environmental review found that contaminants had fallen to #8220;background levels.#8221;
Alcombright said that the city is only aware of two reportable environmental incidents at the site, both of which were documented by the state#8217;s Department of Environmental Protection, and there is #8220;no reason to think there#8217;s a substantial cleanup there.#8221;
There were no other bids to the request for proposals on the property the city issued earlier this year after relocating its Public Services Departments to a newly purchased facility on Hodges Cross Road.
With the agreement approved, the company now will begin its environmental review of the site and raise any potential issues. Should it find insurmountable environmental issues, Cumberland Farms could back out of the deal before closing on the sale.
Mayor Richard Alcombright said Cumberland Farms #8220;will be looking to get rid#8221; of its current store just up the street, and said he has already been contacted by two developers with interest in the property. Should the deal be finalized, he anticipates Cumberland Farms would open its new location in early 2019.