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Franklin Street project cleaning hazardous waste; various waste types and asbestos in building

By DAMIEN FISHER

Staff Writer

NASHUA - The Franklin Street mill currently under redevelopment by real estate company Brady Sullivan is undergoing a hazardous waste and asbestos cleanup, according to New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.

DES spokesman Jim Martin said Wednesday the company filed a notice with the state that it is generating "various types of hazardous waste" while working on the property. The notice was filed in the middle of November, and Martin said follow-up manifests detailing the waste, and its removal, have yet to be processed. Trident Environmental Services, based in Marlborough, Mass., is conducted the cleanup. ...

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NASHUA - The Franklin Street mill currently under redevelopment by real estate company Brady Sullivan is undergoing a hazardous waste and asbestos cleanup, according to New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.

DES spokesman Jim Martin said Wednesday the company filed a notice with the state that it is generating "various types of hazardous waste" while working on the property. The notice was filed in the middle of November, and Martin said follow-up manifests detailing the waste, and its removal, have yet to be processed. Trident Environmental Services, based in Marlborough, Mass., is conducted the cleanup.

The company also told the state last week it is cleaning asbestos out of a boiler room on the site, according to DES. There is no information yet on where the asbestos will be take, but that cleanup is handled by Accolade Environmental out of Plaistow, Martin said.

Representatives with Brady Sullivan did not respond to a request for comment.

Brady Sullivan bought the mill building at 34 Franklin St. in 2015. The building used to belong to the now defunct Nashua Corp., and consists of a 310,000-square-foot mill and adjacent boiler house. Brady Sullivan announced plans to restore and convert the building into 168 units of loft-style housing close to the city's downtown and Millyard.

Brady Sullivan has come under scrutiny in recent years for alleged environmental and labor violations. The company settled a lawsuit with the state of New Hampshire over accusations of shoddy and unsafe construction at a Laconia subdivision, and the company is being sued for lead paint contamination at a Manchester apartment complex. It is also the subject of a Massachusetts investigation over allegations that it dumped asbestos waste from New Hampshire in the basement of a mill property it is redeveloping in Massachusetts.

The company's subcontractors have also been accused of not paying workers in complaints filed in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Late last year, Brady Sullivan backed out of a proposal to redevelop the former court house in Worcester, Mass. The company recently listed its Keene property, the Center at Colony Mill for sale with a $13 million asking price. The company bought the Keene shopping center in 2014 for about $4.5 million and planned to develop it into a mixed use property with apartments.

Damien Fisher can be reached at 594-1245 or dfisher@nashuatelegraph.com.