Ludlow Mills celebrates cleanup, worries about future grants for more work as complex comes back to life
Westmass Area Development Corp. announced this week the completion of a $600,000 cleanup of hazardous asbestos and PCBs from the 170-acre Ludlow Mills complex. But even with the the good news, Westmass is fearful that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency brownfields funding and state/federal historic preservation tax credits for further cleanups might dry up. "I don't know anybody who isn't concerned about the federal budget," said Eric Nelson, president and CEO of Westmass. "It's one of the few ways that these signature mill buildings can be preserved and brought back to life."